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!
Temps 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.