WINDHAM MOUNTAIN FACTS AND STATISTICS FOR 2011-2012
LOCATION: Windham, N.Y., atop the Catskill Mountain High Peaks, on the north face of Cave Mountain.
DIRECTIONS: NYS Thruway exit 21 (Catskill) to Route 23 West. Windham Mountain is 25 miles from exit 21, 118 miles from NYC, and 60 miles from Albany. GPS coordinates: N 42 17.941 W 74 15.426
SEASON: Opening Day: November 24, 2011 (weather permitting); Closing Day: April 8, 2012 (weather permitting)
SNOWMAKING: Windham Mountain's World Class Snow TM covers 97% of all skiable terrain.
NIGHT SKIING: Open on 7 trails from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and select holiday periods.
Monday Through Friday, Non - Holiday:
Flex Any 4 Hours
Night (Friday) 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Marathon (Friday) 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Periods:
Sunset 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Night 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Marathon 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Holiday Periods: Christmas/New Year's: December 26, 2011 - January 2, 2012
Night Lift Hours: December 16, 2011 - February 25, 2012 (Friday, Saturday and
PASSES AND SAVER CARDS:
GROUP RATES: From $29 for adults; minimum group size of 20. Call 1-800-754-9463 x 1382
FIRST TRACKS: Guests may ski the mountain with a guide for one hour before the lifts open every Saturday, Sunday and holiday morning by reservation only. Cost: $15
SNOW REPORTS: Call (800) 729-4766 for continuously updated conditions.
LODGING: The Winwood Inn and Condominiums is located one mile from the base lodge on Main Street, Windham, with a complimentary shuttle to the mountain. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, movie theatre, game room and restaurant. Rock'n Mexicana Cantina & Grill is located at the Winwood Inn. Rock'n Mexicana serves freshly prepared meals 7 nights a week starting at 5:00 p.m. There are also numerous inns, hotels and B&B's in the area.
VALET PARKING: Available on weekends and holidays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
BIG AIR BAG: Experience the thrill of high-flying aerials with a soft, cushy landing on New York's only Big Air Bag. Located in the base area.
EURO BUNGYTM : This amazing bungee trampoline flings you 25 feet high as you jump and flip. Located on the base lodge patio.
• Tuning and Repairs: State-of-the-art tuning and repairs are better than ever with the addition of robot tuning technology, ensuring precise results.
• Ages 8-12/Mountain Masters - Lift ticket, lesson and supervised on-slope fun.
HOME SERVICES: A division of Windham Mountain's Real Estate Division, Home Services offers complete home maintenance services to real estate home owners. Services include home monitoring, custom home maintenance, housekeeping, grounds keeping, exterior maintenance, interior maintenance and remodeling and concierge services.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN EVENT SCHEDULE 2011-2012
WINDHAM, N.Y. (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain offers a variety of events each season. Here's the 2011-2012 lineup.
Dashing Through the Snow Weekend with Skiing and Riding Santas
On Sunday, December 18, 2011, Windham Mountain invites all skiing and riding Santas to spend a day on our mountain. A free ski ticket and two additional midweek, non-holiday vouchers will be given to those dressed in head-to-toe Santa costumes for the day. All skiing and riding Santas will be required to pre-register. (Limited to 250. Registration opens on November 28, 2011.) A minimum donation of $10 is requested and will be given to the local food pantry at Hope Restoration Church in Windham, NY. All Santa's will meet in the morning for a group picture and an initial group ski and ride.
New Year's Eve
College Week and College Cup
What could be better way to wrap up the week than finding out which college really deserves bragging rights? The College Cup Race on Friday, January 6, 2012 puts students head to head to see which school rules, and winners will take prizes from a $5000 purse.
Windham Mountain's alliance with Jackson Hole Ski Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming continues. A Jackson Hole Representative will be on site this weekend.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend
Wounded Warriors Weekend
Birthday and Rockabilly Weekend
Hospitality Industry Ski Week
NFL Championship Game Weekend
80's Party and Big Air Bag Throwdown
Motown Getdown & Michael Grey Race
March Madness & Hartman Cup
Come take your best foul shot and join the festivities on the back patio. Windham Mountain is offering value-priced tickets for skiers and riders wearing college team jerseys. Guests can take their best foul shot and participate in a variety of Ski-Meets-Basketball Activities on the patio. Johnny Moon and the Starz will be playing their last Windham Mountain gig of the winter season in Legends from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Winter Wonderland - A Day of Yes!
Irish I was Skiing/Riding Festival
Parrothead Spring Fling Festival
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN BUILDS COMPETITION CENTER FOR JUNIOR SEASONAL SNOW SPORTS PROGRAMS
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN, N.Y. (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain will introduce a new Competition Center for the 2011-2012 season. The building will serve as a base of operations for the participants and coaches of the Snow Sports junior seasonal programs.
The Competition Center provides space for team meetings, video analysis and equipment tuning and storage. The flexible space can also be adapted for special events including race registrations, awards ceremonies and other functions.
Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain, said that the popularity of the programs and the high caliber of athletes they develop factored into the decision to construct the building.
"Windham Mountain's competition programs regularly turn out top-level athletes," Seamans said. "In U.S. and Canadian junior racing circles, the Alpine Program is known as 'The Factory' due to the large number of participants and their success."
Participants regularly find the podium in freestyle competitions, too. Between various disciplines offered, there are approximately 600 kids involved in Windham Mountain's junior seasonal programs.
The 25' by 50' building is a standalone, single story structure located in the base area. The construction of the building cost an estimated $130,000.
The Competition Center will also hold offices for junior program directors and coaches of the Alpine, Freestyle, and snowboard programs.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN COMPLETES CAPITAL PROJECTS FOR THE UPCOMING SKIING AND RIDING SEASON
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain Resort has invested nearly $4 million in capital improvements in the last six months. Scheduled capital projects, and more that were added this fall, will be complete prior to the start of the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season.
The bulk of the investment is focused on upgrades to snow grooming and snowmaking operations that will improve the on-snow experience.
The pump house at the Batavia Kill River was completely destroyed by Hurricane Irene and had to be rebuilt. The resort took advantage of this opportunity to upgrade all of the technology components and install state-of-the-art pumps, motors and electrical system. The new pump house is capable of pumping 6,000 gallons of water per minute and will be much more efficient than the previous infrastructure.
Whistler and Wolverine trails are now outfitted top to bottom with 74 new energy-efficient snow guns. The new tower guns take up less space than the old ones and reduce energy demands while creating more snow. In addition, 8,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe has been installed to ensure that the snowmaking system reaches its maximum potential.
A new trail has been added for the upcoming season. WinTuck is a reclaimed work road that will offer expert skiers and riders an easier track down the East Peak. Where's Charlie and Assembly Line, two previously unnamed and uncounted trails, will bring Windham Mountain's total trail count to 49.
Both Whistler and Old Wolverine trails have been widened on the top of the mountain, improving the overall experience on those trails. Guests will also notice new trail signs throughout the mountain, which are the same timber style as the signs throughout the base lodge.
Because of the popularity of alpine, freestyle and snowboarding training and competition programs at Windham Mountain, a new Training and Competition Center has been built near the base lodge. The new Center provides a gathering and classroom area for competitors and coaches of the junior seasonal programs along with space for equipment tuning.
All outdoor staff will sport new uniforms this season. A basket check area in Mt. Express Cafeteria will provide a second location for convenient storage at a flat rate. The purchase of a new parking lot and Winwood shuttle will offer our guests a more comfortable ride to and from various locations. The Adventure Park will feature a new side-by-side racing Zip Line this winter. The resort will also be adding the Windham Spa's service at the base lodge which will be open to the public. The spa will offer massage, body treatments, hand and foot care, facials, waxing and electrolysis.
New this season, Windham Mountain Sports is offering precise ski and snowboard tuning due to the new Montana Crystal-Edge Tuning Machine, the only one in the United States.
Legends and The Club at Windham will benefit from a new tap system that will enable all bars to offer a much wider selection of beers. Over the summer Windham Mountain developed a partnership with Coca Cola, which resulted in the installation of all new soda line and vending machines. The resort will also participate in Coca Cola's internationally recognized recycling program this season as we continue to improve our environmental sustainability.
Other food and beverage improvements include two new outdoor grills, a pizza prep table, sandwich prep table, tilt skillet, under-counter refrigerator and freezer, portable beverage bar, a condiment cart and a new floor in Mt. Express Cafeteria.
Many of the improvements made at Windham Mountain for the upcoming season are behind the scenes. While these improvements may not be as noticeable as others, they will help our staff to better serve our guests. These include new blinds and microphones at the ticket windows, server upgrades to increase the speed of transactions both at the lodge and online, upgrades to boilers, the fire system, on-mountain electrical system upgrades, and basic base lodge repairs.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN TO HOST THE ANNUAL EASTERN SKI WRITERS ASSOCIATION MEETING
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - The Annual Eastern Ski Writers Association meeting will be held at Windham Mountain on March 30 - April 1, 2012.
Founded in 1963, the Eastern Ski Writers Association is a professional association whose members represent various categories within the ski industry including press and corporate members. Press members include writers, photographers and filmmakers.
The Association's stated purpose is to "promote and sustain the highest standards of snow sports journalism."
The group holds various meetings and training seminars throughout the year, culminating with its Annual Meeting in March of each year.
"Hosting ESWA's annual meeting gives us a unique opportunity to show members all that the resort has to offer, including our commitment to a high quality guest experience," said Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain.
Eastern Ski Writers Association members attending the meeting will enjoy time skiing or boarding, will participate in a guided tour of the resort and will experience Windham Mountain's restaurants.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL COLLEGE CUP
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain will host the first annual Invitational College Ski Club Race on Friday, January 6, 2011.
The College Cup event will coincide with Windham Mountain's College Week. The week includes discounts and specials for college students including $25 lift tickets, après ski parties, live entertainment, and give-a-ways.
Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain, said of the event, "Introducing a college race into our College Week activities is a great ending to an exciting week. We hope that this event will continue to grow year after year, with colleges racing for bragging rights as much as the prizes."
A one-run qualifying round will determine the team's two fastest men and two fastest women. Racers will get one run on each course of the dual slalom and their best time will be counted.
The combined times of the teams' two fastest men and two fastest women will determine the winning team.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN RENTAL SHOP TAKES PROACTIVE STANCE ENCOURAGING GUESTS TO WEAR HELMETS
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain is taking a proactive stance to encourage guests to wear helmets during the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
The resort's Rental Shop, which carries nearly 2000 full sets of equipment including skis, boots, poles, and snowboards, is adding a helmet to standard rental packages.
New helmet-inclusive standard rental packages will cost $40 a day for ages 7 and up and $28 for ages 6 and under. The decision to accept the helmet rental is that of the guest and in the case of minors, the decision of their guardian.
Helmets are now also included in the resort's beginner lift, lesson and rental packages for both adults and children. "We hope to increase awareness of helmet use, and to make helmets easily accessible to our guests," said Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer.
Mountain officials hope that including a helmet in its rental packages will ultimately result in guests opting to wear one.
CANNY LAUNCHES WINDHAM-BASED TELEVISION STATION FROM WINDHAM MOUNTAIN
WINDHAM, N.Y. (Fall, 2011) - Cable Ad Net New York Inc. (CANNY) has launched WYBN - TV 14, an independent television station based at Windham Mountain. The station began broadcasting on October 3, 2011.
WYBN - TV 14 broadcasts sports and outdoor adventure programming. Windham Mountain will contribute its own programming, including snow reports and powder alerts in the winter and golfing and special event features in the summer.
The station broadcasts from Windham Mountain's summit, with the studio and offices located on the resort's campus. Its signal path includes the Albany/Troy/Schenectady area with additional reach that includes an area from Saugerties to Cobleskill.
"WYBN is built with the media-hungry and tech-savvy viewer in mind," said Dan Viles, owner and operator of CANNY. "Technology allows us the opportunity to broadcast ten stations from one source, and we are taking advantage of that capability."
WYBN is the first new television facility in the capital district in nearly a decade. The station can reach more than 820,000 persons from the with 15 kw of power from an elevation of 3,200 feet.
Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain said of the station, "A television station at the resort gives us the ability to feature Destination Windham and provide information about activities and events in the area. In the future, we plan to develop our own morning show on weekends and holidays, giving our guests something that is unique to Windham."
WYBN has been in development for two years. CANNY celebrated ten years in business this September.
NEW WINDHAM MOUNTAIN GENERAL MANAGER PREPARES FOR 2011-2012 SEASON
WINDHAM, N.Y. (Fall 2011) - Chip Seamans, general manager and chief operating officer of Windham Mountain, is leading the resort's team into 2011-2012 winter season.
Since his arrival, Seamans has been a key player in the resort's recovery efforts and has led the Windham Mountain team toward completing both planned and unexpected projects in time for the resort's projected Thanksgiving Day opening.
"While Hurricane Irene and the recovery efforts that followed were an unexpected challenge, it allowed me to really see what Windham Mountain and the Town of Windham are capable of," said Seamans.
"Now we have turned our full attention toward the upcoming season. We have made a lot of improvements, from adding a new trail to getting new staff uniforms, and we look forward to sharing our mountain and all it offers with our guests."
Mr. Seamans brings 24 years of ski industry experience to Windham Mountain. He most recently served as general manager and chief operating officer of Kirkwood Mountain Resort in California from 2006-2011.
Mr. Seamans replaces outgoing president and general manager Tim Woods, who is assuming ownership of Woods Valley, a ski area in central New York that was created by his late father.
Mr. Woods will continue to work with Mr. Seamans and the Windham Mountain management team as president of Windham Mountain and senior advisor to Windham Mountain Partners through April of 2012.
WINDHAM MOUNTAIN PRESIDENT TO PURCHASE CENTRAL NY SKI AREA, CONTINUE TO WORK WITH WINDHAM MOUNTAIN
WINDHAM, NY (Fall 2011) - Windham Mountain president and general manager Tim Woods has assumed ownership of the Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville, NY, about 15 miles northwest of Utica.
Mr. Woods will continue to serve as president at Windham Mountain through the end of the 2011-2012 ski season.
Randy MacDonald, managing partner of Windham Mountain Partners, said that he was surprised by Woods' decision, but that the move was a "wonderful story."
"Tim's 15-year tenure at Windham Mountain is filled with wonderful accomplishments," MacDonald said. "He now finds himself in a position to fulfill his father's vision. That he is doing this speaks volumes about his character. On a personal note, I will miss him professionally, but more importantly, I will miss him as a personal friend."
MacDonald said that Woods would remain at Windham Mountain during the upcoming ski season, working with the management team, the Partners and Chip Seamans, who joined the resort as general manager and chief operating officer in September. The change won't have any impact on programs, operations or capital improvements, MacDonald said.
Woods Valley was created by Mr. Woods's late father, David, in 1964. His family sold the resort upon David Woods's premature death in 1988. Tim Woods will purchase the ski area from the Olney family, which purchased it from the Woods family.
"It's something of a bittersweet moment," Woods said. "I'll miss being at Windham Mountain every day, and spending so much time with a mountain, a team and a community that I love. But now I also have a remarkable opportunity to return to where my wife and I grew up, be close to my mother and siblings, and to complete my father's work."