A quick update about Blue Mtn.'s facility work this season. Biggest change is the Valley Lodge has been greatly expanded with permanent tent structures. All ski school lessons and rental now can only be done at the Valley Lodge. The True Blue Ski Shop is also at the bottom, along with the ski tuning shop. The tuning shop is now part of the ski shop and is no longer visible. I miss talking to the people who actually work on my skis, don't like this change. My understanding is that Blue will continue to develop the Valley Lodge to become more prominent and take the bulk of skier traffic. It's so much easier to park in the Valley lodge and directly access the High Speed lifts, plus, no need to take the slow chairs to return to the mountain lodge at days end. I'm not certain when Blue will start it's proposed Water Park (will not open in '15) but that will be accessed via the Valley Lodge. The Mountain Lodge has had a great upgrade and looks much better.
The recent cold weather enabled most all runs to be open. Sidwinder terrain park will be last, but, should open soon. The Blue midweek regulars are so happy that the mountain is mostly open, skiing there with just Main Stree, Lazy Mile and Paradise gets old quick, plus, the skier traffic on those trails can be insane. On Friday, I skied till 11:30 and left due to crowds, as Blue had closed a couple of trails for racing.
Any way, it's great to be back on the slopes.
BTW, I did not do the Elk demo day. Skied the day before, for first day of season, and my technique did not warrant demoing skis. Anybody go, and if so, how was it?
Any change to the food in the Valley Lodge? I usually eat at the bar in the main lodge because all the other options suck. Problem is there is no other reason to go to the main lodge and it is a PITA to get to.