Winter State Games at Cannonsburg!

Normally around this time, there’s some kind of event happening every weekend at Cannonsburg; Slopestyle, Ski/Boarder Cross, Rail jams, and everything in between. This year, we’re doing things a bit different in participation with the Inaugural Winter State Games of Michigan.

The State Games of Michigan are an olympic-influenced series of events, typically held in the summer. Events range from cycling and archery to skateboarding and wakeboarding. Following the huge interest in the Summer Games, expanding to winter made perfect sense.

EVENTS

Cannonsburg is extremely proud to be hosting several of the winter events February 14-16, including:

  • Winter Games Opening Ceremonies (2/14)
  • Big Air (2/14)
  • Slopestyle (2/15)
  • Rail Jam (2/15)
  • Ski/Boarder X (2/16)
  • Giant Slalom (2/15)
  • Slalom (2/16)

These events are open to all participants of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking to try out a slopestyle contest or would consider yourself an advanced rider, there’s opportunity for everyone.

Cannonsburg will be designing and building some of the best courses and set-ups you’ve ever seen. Peep our first release for Saturday afternoon’s rail jam:

Rail Jam Course Design for Winter State Games of Michigan at Cannonsburg Ski Area

Rail Jam Course Design for Winter State Games of Michigan at Cannonsburg Ski Area

REGISTRATION

If you’re coming from out of town, affordable nearby lodging is available. To top it all off registration is priced low, with discounts for multiple events.

  • 1 Event: $12
  • 2 Events: $24
  • 3 Events: $31 ($5 savings)
  • 4 events: $38 ($10 savings)

Day-of registration is $15 per event, save time and money – pre-register!

If you have any questions, shoot us a message on facebook, twitter, via email, or contact form below!

LINKS

Official Winter State Games Website

Winter State Games Facebook

Winter State Games at Cannonsburg Event Page

 

Events, Updates and Happenings at Cannonsburg

January is going to be a great and busy month at Cannonsburg! We’ve got a huge range of things going on ranging from drink specials to racing and park events.

Adult Race League – January 8th, 6pm
If you’re over 21 but don’t want to slow down, check out Cannonsburg’s Adult Race League (ARL). It’s simple – grab a group of 4 to 10 friends, register, tune your gear, and come out every Wednesday night! Here’s a few basic rules:

  • All teams must include at least one female team member
  • Teams can be comprised of skis, snowboards or both.
  • Registration is $300
  • Party and awards after – think beer!

Monster City Park Grand Reopening Party – January 11th, 11am
For the second year in a row, Cannonsburg has created the best urban-influenced terrain park in the midwest. This year, we’ve added the biggest, baddest features ever seen at Cannonsburg including a 20ft x 40ft wallride and a larger-than-life culvert. The features and park were designed with your favorite street spots in mind and have some of the best flow around.
The party starts at 11am and runs until 3pm. We’ll be doing spot prizing, challenges, plus the MAT (Monster Army Team) will be here giving out samples and keeping the stoke going. Don’t miss this!

Take Off Tuesdays
Every Tuesday from 10am-4pm, take some time off and snag a $10 lift ticket!

Thursday Radio Nights
Presented by Townsquare media, tickets after 4pm are just $10!

Sunday Crazy Rates
Every Sunday night starting at 4pm, get a lift ticket, rental and group lesson for just $20! Lessons run from 5pm-7pm. Don’t miss this awesome deal sponsored by WZZM 13.

College Special
College students receive 1/2 off lift tickets with a valid college ID, all day every day!

Military Discount
Present your valid military ID and receive 1/2 off your lift ticket!

Drink Specials in the Cedar Lounge
Throughout the remainder of the season, the Cedar Lounge will have drink and food specials Monday through Thursday.

Meijer State Games of Michigan – 2/14-2/16
Cannonsburg is hosting several of the State Games events for the inaugural Winter Games including the Slalom, Giant Slalom, Rail Jam, Big Air, Skier & Boarder X, and Slopestyle events. More information and registration available here.

Season Finale

With just a couple weeks left in the season, we are looking at our busiest event schedule! We have something for everyone this season. Read on for an overview:

Monster Energy Thursday Night Session
When: 2/28/2013, Registration at 5pm, Event at 6pm
Where: Monster City Park
Cost: Free for all ages
The last Thursday Night Session of the season, and we’re going to end it in a big way. Come hit the City Park, drink a ton of Monster and score some prizing! Lets end the Thursday Night Sessions event series the right way! Event Waiver

Burton Midwest Love – Rail Jam
When: 3/2/2013 – Registration 9am-11:30am, event @ noon
Where: Showtime Park
Cost: $10 for all ages with grom (12&under), intermediate and advanced divisions
Don’t miss the Burton Midwest Love event at Cannonsburg! This event will be our biggest event buildout and a great contest for all ages and skill levels. The event is open to both skiers and riders. Don’t miss it! Event WaiverEvent Page,


WGRD Cardboard Bobsled Race
When: 3/9/2013, Registration begins at 2:30pm
Where: The Face
Cost: $25 per two-person team
Participants MUST fill out registration form by March 2nd!
Compete in WGRD’s first ever Cardboard Bobsled Derby brought to you by Miller Lite! Participants must be 21 years of age and each team shall consist of two members.   Bobsleds can only be created from cardboard and tape; paint and wax can also be used but get creative with your design, decorations and costumes! There will be a cash prize for first place, a Cannonsburg Season Pass for 2nd and bragging rights for the fastest time. Complete this entry form and event waiver and return to Cannonsburg Ski Area by March 2nd to be qualified for the event! Event Page


Stay tuned for the announcement of our FINAL season event hosted by NEFF!

 

Finally Welcoming Winter

After a dramatic warm-up, temps have dropped bringing winter back to Cannonsburg. We’ve re-established a massive base which is allowing us to open two of our most loved Cannonsburg staples – the Triple and the Cannon Park.
Last season, the Triple chair remained closed. Extremely mild temps forced us to focus snow-making on all of the main runs which did not give us an opportunity to make snow on Triple.

We are looking at Friday night or Saturday morning as the opening time for Triple. We currently have “whalebacks” – massive mounds of snow – that need to be leveled out and groomed to fully open Triple.

jumplineThursday (1/24) we will be speed-testing our jumpline. If everything is perfect, we will be opening the Cannon Park on Thursday. If we have any tweaks to make, we will likely open it Friday.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work around the clock to make snow. Both of these assets require a great deal of snowmaking and grooming.

We look forward to being 100% open and seeing everyone enjoying the Triple and the Cannon Park!

Conditions, Racing, Thursday Night Sessions and the US Air Bag

We’ve got so much going on at Cannonsburg for everyone right now. High School Racing started last night, Adult race leagues start tonight, we’ve got Thursday Night Sessions beginning tomorrow and the US Air Bag will be on-site Friday through Sunday!

Conditions:
We’ve received a lot of questions about the upcoming warm weather and how this will affect operations at Cannonsburg.
We wanted to debunk a few myths and clear the air!
Blog ForecastWhile there is warm weather heading our way, it is nothing that will affect operations. Based on the current forecast, the worst weather will be early Friday morning. After that, a mild Saturday will be followed by normal winter temps allowing for snowmaking. What this means for our skiers and riders is Friday morning might not be the best, but this weekend will be amazing with spring-like temps and excellent conditions.
The cold temps next week will allow us to blow more snow and not only get our jumpline up, but finish building out the rest of our terrain parks!  

Racing
IMG_1065Racing is in full effect for the season. High school racers were dominating Face last night on the Giant Slalom courses at max speeds. We love watching the racers and the community they have here at Cannonsburg! High School racing happens every Tuesday beginning at 4:30pm. Parents and friends are invited to hang out and watch racing every week. Their season ends February 7th.

Also beginning this week are Adult Race Leagues. The race league is a favorite for the 21+ crowd at Cannonsburg. Grab your skis or snowboards, pick your level of seriousness and come out for a guaranteed good time. Race Director John Losey loves the race league for its fun spirit and relaxed atmosphere. He points out while it is about the racing, it’s more about taking a break from work, school and life and coming out for a night of fun. It’s not too late to register! Check here for more information and stop into the main office to sign up!

Thursday Night Sessions
The Thursday night event series has become a favorite among riders at Cannonsburg.

Thursday-Night-Sessions_Poster11x17_RevThese mellow sessions are all about progressing and pushing yourself and your friends. Thursdays don’t fall into the “Contest” category, though we do give out some worthwhile prizing which we call as we see. Sometimes we’ll give prizing for a great trick, sometimes we’ll give it for the worst crash. Just depends, either way it’s all about having a good time.
Cannonsburg riders Logan Jamison and Harrison McIlhargey agreed the best part of TNS’s are the wings and the awesome vibes.
Oh yeah! Thursday nights $.50 wings and $2 pints are available afterwards in the Cedar Lounge. Cannonsburg is definitely the place to be on Thursday nights!

US Air Bag
For the first time ever, the US Air Bag will be at Cannonsburg. For those unfamiliar, here’s some info about the air bag. Basically, we build a large jump (14′ with a 45° trajectory) aimed at a massive air bag. The air bag is tough and resistant to the sharp edges on skis and snowboards. Riders can hit this jump and test out tricks, spins, double corks, triple back flips, whatever they want, without having to be as concerned about landing. Choose 3, 10 or 25 jumps with prices varying based on the number of jumps. This is a great learning opportunity and even if you’re not jumping it will be a great viewing experience.

We are approaching the most prime part of the season. Our parks will be completely built out soon, all of our clubs and groups are hitting the hill and every day, the conditions get better and better at Cannonsburg. Don’t miss out this season! Be sure to come take advantage of our amazing deals, great conditions, delicious food and an overall amazing winter experience!

Check out some of our favorite photos from the last few days at Cannonsburg!

So-Gnar

So-Gnar is fun, like really REALLY fun. Normally the crew comes out for a two-day event 382940_336261443058612_816799314_nwhich includes a camp and a contest. Cannonsburg’s stop has grown so much they’ve decided to host two camps and one contest. Check out the Facebook event page!

The camp is pretty basic. Over the 407575_336261866391903_1366659633_ncourse of two days, riders of all levels partner up with coaches to up their game across the board. The rider to coach ratio is small to increase the level of learning. Campers are placed with riders of their same skill level for maximum progression. This year, riders can opt to do the Thursday/Friday camp session, the Saturday/Sunday camp session or attend all four days.

The So-Gnar Shred Circuit is one of the biggest, baddest events at Cannonsburg. Last year, we saw some of the most progression at the Shred Circuit. Kids397398_336262369725186_330400926_n of all ages and skill levels came out and completely threw down. This year, competitors can walk away with a ton of prizing ranging from a new Never Summer board to a trip to Winter Park, Colorado.

So-Gnar is always one of the most fun weekends of the year at Cannonsburg. We are always excited about events that get kids excited about snowboarding where they can be in a positive learning environment and expand their abilities. We’re hoping to see a massive turnout this year.


Photo gallery from the 2012 So-Gnar Camp

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!