04 July 2016

Season 2016 is up and runnng

Opening weekend was snowless but the snow clouds rolled in just after the solstice and the runs started opening up.

All the runs are now officially open, although Summit isn't groomed yet (except for Skyline & Village) and I'm guessing The Maze is only for the adventurous. International Poma isn't running yet. Cover in Sun Valley and the home trails is very good so there is plenty of great skiing to spread out the school holiday crowds. The lodge is buzzing with happy skiers and boarders.


03 July 2016

Working Bee

The working bee was held on the weekend of 30th April. As usual there was much to be done, enthusiastic helpers and great company.
The big job of moving wood into the store under the lodge was made a bit easier this year. Some work to stabilise the steep slope above the lodge has made it less precarious for those handing wood down the slope. A builder's chute for some of the distance meant that we didn't need quite as many people. It's still a huge job in trying conditions. Think good thoughts about those intrepid members every time you put another log on the fire. Some of the other projects:
  • Remodelling room 2 and preparing room 12 for renovation - more about these
  • The dining tables have all been stripped back before revarnishing and they look great
  • New splitable double beds in room 13 and14
  • More manageable matting in the ski room
  • Picture rails in corridors to make repainting easier in future
  • New TV in the TV room
  • Comfy chair for Room 14
  • And lots of cleaning, gardening and maintenance tasks

02 July 2016

Lodge Changes

Room 12 is now a twin room, like Room 5. It's lighter and brighter and sound insulation is much improved.

Since Room 5 was renovated with increased storage, it has been in strong demand from adults who are not couples. Older and less agile members are also very keen on twin rooms rather than bunks, and of course twin rooms are great for kids too.

The bunk has been removed from Room 2, leaving just a double bed and small storage area. This minimalist change will provide a room for couples who find the overhanging bunk a nuisance.

Room remodelling is based on  member feedback and analysis of booking data. We are aiming to make rooms more comfortable without losing booking flexibility.

01 July 2016

Changes around the village

Tobogganing comes to the bowl

Some restaurants/cafes have new names and styles. In an earlier post we saw that the old Cafe Max has new owners and a new style. They will be open for brekky, lunch and dinner as well as selling bread, milk and specialty groceries. Winterhaven is now The Chophouse and Oishi Go has become Some Place Else. At night Husky has a Thai menu, although the daytime menu is similar to last year.

There will be a new street-trading cafe in the bowl, Easy Eats.

At Slalom St Plaza the street-trading outlets will be Snonuts, Monster Chicken and Alpine Ice Cream. Snonuts will also have an outlet at ATS.