GHENT W.Va. (WVDN) – Winter is returning to the Mountains State and the crew at Winterplace is ready. The resort will take advantage of Mother Nature’s opportune cooler weather conditions and officially start its first snowmaking push tonight for the 2023/2024 ski and snowboard season. With recent enhancements to its snowmaking system and strategically placed snow guns, the resort will be able to maximize its efficiency and coverage.
“We are excited to get the snowmaking underway and begin building our snow base for the season as conditions permit,” said Josh Faber, General Manager at Winterplace. According to Faber, the initial efforts will focus on the Heaven Holler Terrain Park, Wanderer Beginner Area, mid-mountain lifts, Last Chance, and Last Run Trails. “With our powerful snowmaking system and the right conditions, we can convert 7,200 gallons-per-minute of water into snow, which is enough to fill an Olympic size pool in 1.5 hours,” said Faber.
Snowmaking requires cold temperatures, low humidity, compressed air, a considerable amount of water and plenty of snow guns. Winterplace’s snowmaking system consists of almost 100 fully automated fan guns, which allow the team to take advantage of shorter windows of time and make snow more efficient. There are also 12 miles of underground pipe and two air compressors that provide 12,000 cubic feet per minute of air throughout over 300 snow guns.
Winterplace typically prepares to open mid-December, but if prime weather conditions hold out, the winter season could begin earlier.
To stay up to date on opening day, the latest conditions and available terrain, please visit the Snow Report.
2023/2024 Season Passes Currently Available for Purchase Online
Full Season passes are available to purchase online. Season pass holders can also purchase an “Indy AddOn Pass” which allows them to ski at many independent Indy resorts across the US and Canada at a deeply discounted price. Additionally, the resort is bringing back the popular “Wild Wonderful Pass” for $79, which provides $25 off every all-day or evening lift ticket purchase, all season long. The pass is the perfect choice for guests who plan on skiing more frequently this winter and seeking a budget-friendly option to purchase multiple lift tickets, but who are not quite ready to commit to a season pass. To purchase a season, pass visit, https://www.winterplace.com/season-passes.
Winter Season Employment Opportunities
Winterplace is currently interviewing candidates for winter employment in all departments. Employees enjoy a host of benefits including full season passes, discounted friends and family ski passes, lift tickets, rentals and more. Winterplace’s season typically runs from December through mid-March. Visit https://www.winterplace.com/employment to learn more.
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