The Faces of Cannonsburg – Part One

We’re starting a new series highlighting some of these amazing people who work here at Cannonsburg in all different departments.
This “Webisode” covers the Tri-Force. Doug Gale, Marc Moline and Kelly Bennett. These three are often found in Doug’s office exchanging ideas, laughing and finding ways to continue making Cannonsburg better every single day. Read on to learn a little bit about these behind-the-scenes faces. They’re pretty cool dudes!

THE HOPE
Doug Gale loves Cannonsburg. He’s been skiing here since he was just a kid, and he has Dougalways believed in its potential. Now, he’s making all of those visions happen. Doug works around the clock finding ways to improve Cannonsburg and make it a year round destination.

Doug has loved working on reinventing Cannonsburg since he took over operations in July 2010. He wanted to create a destination in Grand Rapids for skiers and snowboarders alike. While it has been a hard journey, he’s seeing the pay-off every single day through all of the positive feedback from skiers and riders. Doug is always watching edits from Cannonsburg, reading Facebook comments from followers and making sure every single person who comes to Cannonsburg has a positive experience and leaves wanting to come back day after day.

IMG_9313Doug’s priority when taking over was to improve across the board. He invested heavily in all areas, from new snow guns to new rental equipment. While Doug loves his job and the people he works with, he hates stressing over Michigan weather and waiting for winter to arrive. Doug is concerned with ensuring all customers understand his personal dedication to their ski & ride experience. He is quick to point out that while we’ve invested heavily in the terrain park experience at Cannonsburg, we’ve also invested in making it an all-around family destination by expanding skiable terrain and improving the operations on the hill.

Doug’s ultimate vision for Cannonsburg is for it to be a serious go-to destination not only in Michigan but for the entire Midwest. He is beyond excited about Cannonsburg winning the Transworld Top Three parks in the Midwest and hopes Cannonsburg will continue gaining respect and recognition for their efforts.

Kelly loves working with Doug. “He is about as hands on as an owner can be. For instance, Shredtoberfest. When it was time to maintain between heats, he had a rake and shovel and helped move snow and fix the run-ins and take offs. He’s not afraid to help out when an extra hand is needed.”

You never know where Doug will be on any given day. He might in his office, on the hill, in the rental building, anywhere. Doug likes to make sure every aspect of Cannonsburg is running smoothly and that every single skier and rider is having a great experience. Be sure to say hi to Doug! He loves getting to know those who call Cannonsburg their home mountain.

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THE VISION
Marc Moline started riding at Cannonsburg nearly 20 years ago. Marc always had a unique vision for Cannonsburg, but previous ownership was never interested in exploring his ideas. Over the past ten years he was worked for several resorts and industry brands from Vermont to Colorado. In 2010, Doug reached out asking for help redefining and rebranding Cannonsburg.  Marc couldn’t resist. He packed up his life in Colorado and moved back to Michigan along with his terrain park counterpart Kelly Bennett, ready to make his home resort a go-to destination.

When asked what his job title is, Marc gave his typical modest grin and shrugged. He has been in charge of Cannonsburg’s image and identity since 2010. This means marketing, working with sponsors, terrain park design, overseeing media, and a plethora of other tasks. Some days you might find him in his office listening to music, working on designing a park for a certain event. Other days you can find him running the cat, building out that same design.
404702_2375313422822_1633093315_nMarc is thankful to have a job with a lot of creative freedom. Even early on when given a major task such as rebranding the company, he had complete trust and support from ownership to take the right direction. He can build his dream park set-ups, create his own apparel designs and concoct amazing events for Cannonsburg.

This season, keep an eye out for Marc on the hill during events. Normally he’s the guy on the microphone, but he’s taking on other roles. Filming and photography are major passions he is hoping to do more with this season. He can also be spotted slaying park features with his NeverSummer Revolver, giving tips and helping kids stomp tricks.

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THE MUSCLE
Kelly Bennett is entering his third season as the Outdoor Operations Manager aka “the guy everyone comes to.” He moved from Colorado to Michigan in 2011 after consulting and travelling back and forth to Cannonsburg for a season. You’ve probably seen Kelly running the snow cat, building out Cannonsburg’s renowned terrain parks. He also runs snowmaking, performs lift maintenance, mows grass, maintains features, ensures the cat is running correctly, AND manages a day shift while trying to get some sleep!

Kelly started out snowboarding in his Maryland hometown and began taking his passion for riding a step further. He’s worked on the east coast and out west, but is proud to call the midwest his home. Kelly often works around the clock making sure all outdoor aspects of Cannonsburg are running smoothly and up to a high standard. It isn’t uncommon for Kelly to work all day on a park build, work overnight, watch the event, then go home and crash!

Marc loves working with Kelly because of his high level of commitment and willingness to try anything, no matter how crazy the feature or park design.

424815_379455032072586_1577963424_nKelly also loves the artistic freedom at Cannonsburg which allows him to create dream terrain parks. He loves the feeling of community and family at Cannonsburg. Kelly’s least favorite part about working at Cannonsburg, however, is how little snow has fallen the past two seasons. He’s quick to point out how much he loves working on the slopes of Cannonsburg, even without natural snow.

“You don’t need a 3,000 ft vertical to build an amazing park.” Kelly said. His cat operation is detailed. Kelly won’t stop until a jump is built and groomed to perfection, a rail is in the exact right spot or all groomed terrain is skiable for the day.

When Kelly isn’t at Cannonsburg, he’s hanging out with his wife, watching movies, playing guitar or dirtbiking. You can find him hanging out at events with a fake mullet and a majestic mustache. He is modest about his role at Cannonsburg and is quick to point out that none of this would be possible without his coworkers and team. He’s made many good memories in his few seasons at Cannonsburg and is looking forward to many more. This season, watch for Kelly in the snowcat or hanging out at events, maybe even participating in a few like the Boardercross!

Check back next week for a few more awesome Cannonsburg employees!

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Postponing Pre-Jib & Opening Updates

Last season, we were devastated to postpone the Rome Premature Jibulation from December 3rd to December 10th. This year, we would love having that problem!
We’ve already addressed the problems weather has caused with snowmaking. Sadly things haven’t gotten better… in fact, rain and extreme warm-ups have stunted our opening even more. Our resident weatherman/ski school director John Losey believes the last time we had weather patterns like these were in the late 1980’s!

We were able to blow snow the night of December 10. At 10pm, temps finally hit 28°. Kelly Bennett wrapped up interviewing with the Fox17 and announced it was time to start making snow. The first gun fired at the top of Quad, and within ten minutes every gun on the hill was going. We made a decent base, but temps were too warm to get the guns going full blast.

Temps began rising during the week, and the weekend brought heavy rain activity to Grand Rapids. While much of the snow has melted off, large piles in all the right places remain!

Pre-Jib was originally scheduled for December 15th. After seeing the downpour all day Saturday, we were content with the decision to postpone Pre-Jib. In looking forward at the forecast, we see only one snowmaking opportunity this coming Friday. This wouldn’t give us enough time to blow snow AND build a respectable park set-up by December 22. We consulted with Rome about postponing the event again and agreed it would be the right thing to do.

There are amazing snowmaking opportunities this weekend and into next week. You heard it here first: We are planning on December 26 being our opening day.
Pre-jib is set for December 29
. With the additional snow we should be able to make, we’re planning on adding more features to the set-up. This event will NOT be one to miss. We’ve got several Rome Riders making appearances such as Marie Hucal, Cameron Strand, Tommy Young, Jacob Visser, plus several AM Army riders will be judging. The prizing is insane, the vibe is always the best and many riders said it was their favorite event last season. Check out the event page!

forecastTemps in the low-20’s are AMAZING for snowmaking and exactly the kind of break we need in order to get open on several hills and create the kind of park set-up we envision for Pre-jib. If you know Cannonsburg, you know that we never do things halfway. We aim to create the best local experience possible, providing the best terrain, best parks and best vibe in Michigan.

We thank all of you for your patience and understanding. We’re all hoping for a white christmas and a great ski & ride season.

Cannonsburg Christmas Ideas

With Christmas around the corner, we know you’re rushing to figure out a great gift at the last minute. Don’t fret! Cannonsburg has plenty of gift options for every person on your list.

Parents: 
LÖLE Women’s Apparel: Cute, cozy and functional! LÖLE offers a wonderful line of high-quality apparel for women. Chic sweaters, warm fleeces, adorable hats and more! Modest colors, flattering cuts and high quality materials make LÖLE a must-get for your mom!

Spyder: A great brand for your dad. Functional year-round jackets with the amazing Spyder reputation. Get your dad something he can wear golfing or on the slopes!

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Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Take your significant other out for a date at Cannonsburg. Teach them how to ski/ride, grab a bite to eat in the cozy Cedar Lounge, and have an excuse to snuggle up on the chairlift. After all, if a relationship can survive learning to ski/snowboard, it can survive anything!

College Student
Pick up a discounted College season pass ($200)! Even the pickiest of students will enjoy taking a break from studying to head out to Cannonsburg. With several colleges within 30 minutes of Cannonsburg, you can’t go wrong!

Entire Family
Skip the long car rides and expensive lift tickets. Come to Cannonsburg for a day of family bonding, food, hot chocolate, great skiing and unbeatable deals. Ski, snowboard, grab lunch, laugh at your Dad while he tells you the right way to ski, and take a break from the craziness the holidays bring.

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For your Elementary/Middle/High Schooler
Cannonsburg gift cards are available at any price. Make sure your rider gets exactly what they want and avoid gift receipts or getting the wrong color. Gift cards are available in the main office during regular business hours!

Club cards are also an option. Grab a 6,8, or 10 punch pass for your skier/snowboarder. These are a great, affordable option for any kid!

Other great gift ideas:

Season Pass – For someone really high on the nice list. Buy them before Christmas eve to get the pre-season deal! ($389)
Proper equipment tune up – Fall less while riding faster. Cannonsburg has the highest quality tune-up equipment for skis and snowboards. A highly trained staff with years of experience in equipment maintenance are here to keep your skis and snowboards in tip-top shape.
New skis/snowboard – There’s no way they won’t love it. Cannonsburg carries high-quality name brands such as Burton, Ride, NeverSummer, Rome, Epic Planks, Line, Fischer, and many more.
A dinner date in the Cedar Lounge – Wendy recommends the Olive Burger! The Cedar Lounge has great lunch/dinner sit-down meal options for all ages. With a full course selection ranging from delicious appetizers to dessert at affordable prices, there is something for everyone at the Cedar Lounge!

Rome Premature Jibulation 2012

It’s back! For the second year in a row, Rome Snowboards will  be kicking off the event calendar on December 22nd with the Rome Premature Jibulation!
Last year, Cannonsburg had THE biggest Pre-jib in the country with over 225 participants. This year we want it to be even bigger.
Due to poor weather conditions, Pre-Jib was pushed back from the 15th. An extensive course build out is planned, and as most of you know, we don’t like to do anything halfway. The course design for Pre-Jib is at the bottom of this post.
Rome has majorly upped the prizes this year. The overall first place rider will walk away with a new Rome board, bindings, boots AND a season pass to Cannonsburg. Second place will score a board and bindings, third place gets some boots and a backpack.
Rome will also be hosting “Cash for Tricks” – a pretty awesome way to get some extra money. Do the best trick on a feature, get a $100 bill. Pretty simple!
Time to brush off your board, tie up your boots and get in full-on winter mode!

Check out last year’s edit for a little reminder of how awesome it was:


Check out the facebook event here, let us know if you’re coming

Who: Cannonsburg Ski Area & You
What: Rome Premature Jibulation
When: December 22nd
Noon, Registration begins at 10
Where: Cannonsburg Showtime Park
Why: To get you stoked for the season, to put some money in your pocket and the chance to win a new setup… do you even have to ask?!?

The Best Value

In this rough economy, we know how important it is to find the best value. With high gas prices and resorts upping their prices to make ends meet, finding an affordable method to get your winter ski/snowboard fix in is no easy task.

At Cannonsburg, we strive to give our riders the best experience at the most affordable cost. When looking at our pricing structure, we did a competitive analysis to see how we compared to other resorts in Michigan.

We were shocked! Cannonsburg is, on average, a 30% better deal!Analysis

Cannonsburg has the most promotions for any and all age groups:

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A great option for frequent riders. Made for kids elementary through high school to get a great deal on lift tickets! More info!

College Deals
Bring your college ID, get 50% off a lift ticket, simple as that. We also offer a college season pass for just $199!

Family Passes
New this year is the “Family Pass”! This deal can save you over $600 dollars. If the whole family comes to Cannonsburg, this is the best option for you! More info!

Sunday Night Special
From 5-9, get a lift ticket and rentals for just $20. Simple as that! More info!

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New this year – bring at least $3 worth of non-perishable needed items or a $3 donation to Feeding America West Michigan and get a $14 Saturday night lift ticket; that’s 1/2 off the normal price! Hit the hill AND help those in need? We can’t think of a better thing to do! More information available here.

Some other great promotions include:
Silver Streakers 55+ club
Group Trips for 20+ people
Wednesday Ladies Day
Field Trips

Our goal is to keep our prices low, while providing the best possible ski & ride experience. We vow to stay on top of competition and ensure the best value for you and your family!

At Cannonsburg, we LOVE feedback. We want to hear what you think, what you want to see, what you don’t want to see, tell us about your cat… whatever is on your mind. Send us a message or leave a comment on Facebooktweet us, or shoot us an email.