No King's Crown Park This Year, but Here's Plan B
Seriously, no King’s Crown? We know, it’s hard to hear and it wasn’t an easy decision, nor was it made light heartedly. In full transparency, we want to give you guys the reasons this decision was made:
|•||We all know snow has been a little light this year.|
|•||Lower than average snowfall has required higher than average snowmaking around the resort, we’ve made more snow this year than we can remember making (to the tune of 40% more than last year).|
|•||The snowmaking teams have been working around the clock since early November, and they still have work to do.|
|•||Building out King’s Crown to where it needs to be will take an additional 200 hours of snowmaking, looking at long-range forecasts combined with the remaining work the snowmaking team has means we’d be at a mid-February time frame before we even have enough snow in the Crown to start pushing. After the snow is made, the cat guys would still have to get out there and start pushing, which would take another two weeks.|
What does that mean? It would be well into March before the Crown was open to the public. Looking at a March opening for a larger jump line, isn’t really ok. After looking at this for a while we’ve decided to go with Plan B. Plan B is to put the snowmaking guns back on Quicksilver pronto! 50 hours of additional snowmaking on Quicksilver will give us a larger jump line in just a few weeks.
We know, we know, it’s not what you want to hear. We will do all we can to continue to knock it out of the park in 3 Kings. Next season, we plan to bring King’s Crown back and better than ever.
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