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Newsletter #9

If the community didn’t know much about our little project before this week, they should know now. After a volunteer event on September 17 that drew 150 volunteers, from ages 5-80, the coffee shops should be buzzing about the new trails and snowmaking system. Volunteers spread out across Oak Hill, trimming brush along the trails as far out as the Outback Loop, cleaning up discarded rubbish, wood, and old metal from the parking and equipment storage areas, painting and repairing race fencing, removing rocks from trails, and generally cleaning up the venue. The entire site looks great, and many thanks go out to all the volunteers who donated their Sunday afternoon!

Following the work, volunteers and family members gathered in the parking lot for music and a cookout, including Alaskan salmon that was personally caught by our Operations Manager, Korry Vargo. It was a great way to end the day and celebrate the launch of the project. A few pictures of the day follow at the end of the newsletter.

Meanwhile, the Royal Trail crew has been working hard to finish the trail grading and install snowmaking piping in time for the start of the season. New pads have been installed in the equipment shed that will house the massive compressors that will blow our snow. Pumps and electrical equipment are on their way. The activity on site will continue in high gear throughout the fall to get us ready for our first season. The odds-on bets favor blowing snow by December 1.

With the season approaching, the time to buy season passes is approaching! Passes will be available on our website,, for purchase on October 1st. Pass options will include Sustainer Passes which will help place the new Center on solid financial footing. We appreciate your ongoing support.

As a reminder, the trails remain closed where the work is ongoing. Heavy equipment will be dragging pipe, moving dirt, and hauling stumps. It’s a work zone. The trails up on top of the hill remain open.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know at

Some of the volunteers at the top of the ski jump hill after a few hours of trail work and painting.


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