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:

School Club CardsNeff photo
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!

Saturday Night Food Drivefeeding america
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.

Let’s talk about weather


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!

The Monster City Park at Cannonsburg

Cannonsburg has partnered up with Monster Energy to create a beast of a park.

Last year we took an underutilized area, put in two rope-tows servicing two separate terrain parks – an intermediate-level progression style park – “The Projects”, and a street-influenced advanced level park – “The City Park.” We started seeing photos and edits of skiers and riders in the park… “wow” didn’t even begin to cover it. The City Park turned into a showcase of the level of talent we have here at Cannonsburg.

Early this fall, Monster approached Cannonsburg with one goal: Let us get more involved. We weren’t sure how to do this… until they asked if they could sponsor the build-out of an entire park. An estimated $50,000 investment from both Monster and Cannonsburg means our biggest park build-out yet with some of the most creative features we’ve ever designed.

This season, we’re constructing nearly a dozen features for this park, and next season about half a dozen.

The park will be filled with urban features similar to what you’d see around the city… but with more snow, a rope tow instead of a banshee bungee, and no trespassing tickets.

Check out the course drawings we’ve put together, share them on Facebook, let us know what you think, then keep an eye out for the park opening date/party.

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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!