Things are coming together at Mount Cain but we ask for your patience as we wait for a few things.
First and foremost, we are waiting for snow. We will continue to post weather updates but we still need quite a bit of snow to be able to open the lifts. The forecast is calling for snow starting on the 24th so don't forget to put the spoon under your pillow.
Secondly, we are waiting for the Lower T Bar to be inspected. At the end of last season, the old engine took its last gasp and fixing it would have been expensive. Instead of throwing good money after bad, we decided to eliminate the noisy old engine and replaced it with an electric drive powered from the larger generators we use to run the mountain. Thanks to the hard work of many, this is all coming together. However, there are a few final pieces that need to be completed including a lift inspection. The only people working harder than our Board and volunteers to get this done are Santa’s Elves, so please be patient.
When we take into consideration the lower T-Bar repairs, the snow-conditions and COVID, here is the plan:
December 26th: If you have booked accommodations from the night of Dec 25th onward, please come and enjoy the hill even if the lifts are not running. The snow is fluffy, the Café will be open (take out), and there will be much laughter (through masks). You can skin up or snow shoe in the West Bowl. Or make a snow angel – you can never have too many snow angels.
Lifts: We will get the Lower T running as fast as possible. But in the event that it is delayed, we hope to open the Bunny Hill and the Upper T-Bar at a reduced lift ticket price. To get the upper lift you will need to skin, snowshoe or walk to L3; this is the perfect situation for those of you who have “get in shape” as a New Year’s Resolution.
Café and Lodge: Turk's Tavern will be open for takeout. Thank you, Jamie, for revamping the Café to provide your delicious food while COVID restrictions are in place. The takeout window will be at the top of the stairs at the Lodge. Grab your lunch/dinner and if there is no seating available in the Lodge or back deck, take your food to your car/campsite/snowdrift to enjoy. The lodge will be open, but there are limitations; you can only stay for 15 minutes and you must sit at a table with your Covid cohort. While there will be people monitoring this, please make sure you limit your stay so that everyone can get a few minutes around the fire to warm up.
Après Ski: Some people (not me of course) think that Après Ski is as important as skiing. You will be able to purchase beverages at the Take-out window but if there is no seats available in the Lodge, it must be consumed outside. When the weather permits, we will be setting up outdoor seating and a fire. However social distancing is mandatory. We know that the amount of love we have for each other increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. Please practice restraint and exchange words of love and appreciation from 6 feet apart instead of hugs.
Support the Staff and Volunteers: There will be Board members, Staff, and many Volunteers who will help enforce the COVID rules. Please respect their requests and be kind. No one likes breaking up fun and enforcing rules. It is a thankless job but it is much easier to do if you all respect those who have to deliver the COVID message.
Purchasing tickets: You must have a membership to purchase a ticket. You can buy your membership on line before you come to the Hill (preferred). Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email with your membership number. Please bring your membership number and ID with you when you purchase your ticket – this will keep things moving as quickly as possible. If you arrive and do not have a membership, you can purchase it at the hill but that it will take longer (more time in the line up = less time skiing).
Masks: Wear them. Wear your mask in line ups, on the lifts, inside any building and anytime you cannot safely distance yourself 6 feet from other people. When in doubt, wear your mask.