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!

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.

2012-2013 updates

For the past two years, Cannonsburg has been all about updates. Last season, we made huge investments all across the hill including a renovated and improved snow-making system, expanded terrain for skiers and snowboarders, and way too many other things to list. We’ve really enjoyed getting feedback from skiers and riders about all of our efforts, so we decided to continue it this season.

Our brand new Prinoth Bison X Snowcat!

Our brand new Prinoth Bison X Snowcat!

Yesterday, we got one of our new Prinoth Bison X snowcats on-site. We previewed them at Shredtoberfest, but now it’s actually here! This particular snowcat has amazing park-grooming capabilities AND can maintain groomed runs. This futuristic looking snowcat is very much the future of hill maintenance and terrain park grooming due to its agility and versatility… plus we hear it’s got a really, really good stereo.
One of the major projects we’ve taken on is expanding leisurely ski and ride terrain along with freestyle terrain. We created runs in the previously unused area between midrope and the triple as well as removing tubing to create two new terrain parks.

Racer

Our adult race leagues for those 21+ are getting a huge face lift this season. If you’re not quite an Olympic skier, don’t worry. Race League director John Losey has created a three-tier system for all levels of skiers and snowboarders so no one gets left in the dust. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks about the huge changes for race leagues. We’re excited!

This season, we are ecstatic to re-open the triple. Little snowfall combined with maintenance and upgrades forced us to decommission it for the 2011-12 season.
…and we filled the potholes!!!

Terrain Park Updates
As expected, we’re expanding our terrain park feature options even more. We’ve got a team working every single day on expanding our park features and making sure the old ones are up to our high standard. They’re the best in the business with their design, welding, fabrication, and painting skills.
The new Monster City Park will tentatively host some old and familiar features, plus these brand new ones:

16’ Stair Set
• 16’x6” Round Down Rail
16’ Ledge w/ Hubbas
• 24’ Stair Set
• 24’x6” Round Down Rail 24’x6”
• Down Ledge
Gate Rail
Chain Stall
10’ Closeout
20’ Closeout

Our signature feature list is growing, too!
Burton Aberdeen Rail
Oakley Trap Ledge
• Rome SDS Hubba Ledge

We decided to take the City theme one step further and throw in some junkyard features:
JUNKYARD FEATURES
• Two 4’ Diameter Culverts
• Two 3’ Diameter Half Tubes
• 20’ Jersey Barrier
• 10’ Jersey Barrier

Some other normal features we’re building out:
GENERAL FEATURES
24’x6” Y-Rail / Double Elbow
• 16’ Cannon Rail
• Merry-Go-Round
We have a few more features we’re building during the season that we’re going to keep secret for a little bit. Stay tuned!
We are just about out of room to create any more terrain parks, but we LOVE switching out features and keeping our parks fresh, challenging, and exciting. Our goal is to rotate all of these features through parks like Progression and The Projects as frequently as possible.

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 Facebook, tweet us, or shoot us an email.

Let’s talk about weather

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8-day forecast courtesy of WoodTV8

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about why we aren’t blowing snow yet, and here’s why…

We’re just going to say it… the weather is terrible!

There was one night this week where temperatures were cold enough to blow snow, however the daytime highs were so warm, the snow would have melted within a few hours!

In Grand Rapids, we have a pretty big disadvantage when it comes to making snow. Right now, Lake Michigan is VERY warm at 46°. Those warm lake temperatures are making the air temps higher than normal. This is called “insulating.”

The bad thing about this kind of weather is we have to wait longer for cold temps. Ski hills near Detroit and up north are far away from the lake and don’t have to deal with insulation as much, PLUS they have less humidity and colder air temps.

The good thing about insulation is when it gets cold, it gets REALLY cold and it stays really cold. Lake Michigan brings Cannonsburg all of that wonderful lake effect snow, which we need!

We keep our eyes open for ANY possible snowmaking opportunities, but we have to make sure that if we make snow it will last long enough to be ridden.

Be patient with us!

Snowmaking 101

In Michigan, winters can be iffy. It’s usually cold, but that doesn’t mean the snow is falling. Cannonsburg invested in a brand-new snowmaking system last season. This system included several new snow guns and an improved pumping system so we could put out as much snow as possible.
We get a lot of questions about snowmaking, so I sat down with Cannonsburg’s Snowmaking Expert, Kelly Bennett to get some answers.

1. What kind of conditions does Cannonsburg need to make snow?
At 28° we can possibly start making snow, but the colder it gets, the more snow we can make. One of the big factors is humidity. For example:

28° + 100% Humidity = 32°
28° + 0% Humidity = 20.8°

We’re always taught that “freezing” is 32°, but that’s just the temperature ice won’t melt. It needs to be cold and pretty dry to  make snow.
Besides temperature and humidity, snowmakers have to think about wind, water temperature, and day-time temperature conditions. Getting ideal snowmaking conditions in Michigan is hard because of high temps and high humidity.

2. How much snow can Cannonsburg make?
We like to focus attention on one section of the hill at a time to create the deepest base.

In 166 minutes, we can cover one acre of area with one foot of snow.
We start with mid-rope/quad, cover the face, then the double, followed by the beginner areas and then we coat the triple.

We can pump anywhere from 20 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) to 110 GPM in each gun. This means during 24 hours of snowmaking, we can pump out 1,728,000 gallons!

On a cold, dry night we usually run 21 snow guns.

3. How does snow-making work?
First, Cannonsburg pumps water from a reservoir. This water goes through pump houses and then through underground pipes. These pipes lead to each individual snow gun. The snowmakers decide which guns to turn on and open the valves. Depending on conditions, we can open 1-4 valves. If conditions are marginal, one valve is opened. If they are prime, four valves are opened. From there, the fan guns mix compressed air with water and blow snow. We aim the guns where we want the snow to cover.

4. So when are you opening?
We can never set a true “opening date.” The second we have enough snow on the ground to provide skiers and riders a decent hill/experience, we open! In the past, opening day has been anywhere from the week of Thanksgiving to the second week in December. We have our equipment geared up and ready for those optimal snow-making conditions.

There might not be snow in your backyard, but there’s guaranteed to be plenty of snow at Cannonsburg!

An Introduction

Last season was very different from anything Cannonsburg skiers and riders were familiar with. With new ownership came a drastic facelift.

We invested millions of dollars in a new snow-making system to make sure if mother nature let us down, we could still cover the hill.

We updated our website to showcase all Cannonsburg has to offer.

We cleared new runs and installed new lifts to give every single person that calls Cannonsburg “home” options.

We renovated The Shop to create an amazing retail experience for skiers, snowboarders and winter enthusiasts.

We put a new computer system in place to make pass processing, sales and all the behind the scenes things easier.

We revamped everything you’ve known about Cannonsburg.

Despite all of these amazing improvements, we kept hitting snags. The temperatures wouldn’t drop low enough for us to make snow. Then the website crashed due to an amazing amount of traffic… then the rope tows weren’t working properly! It all came to a head when the computer system wasn’t up to par on our first really busy day.

We could make excuses for all of that, but that’s not how we do things. We knew completely revamping Cannonsburg wasn’t going to be an easy task, but we could never have anticipated just how hard it would really be.

We worked out the bugs, though. We finally got the hill covered in a deep base with lifts to service all those runs… and got everyone’s season passes printed!

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we worked out those bugs to make the best possible Cannonsburg for everyone.

 We are beyond excited for this season. Check this blog every so often for updates on just about anything going here!