Winter has finally arrived with a sequence of storms that have transformed the mountain. We are thrilled with how well the backside is skiing after the blast of snow this past week and we do seem to be finding a better pattern with more snow in the forecast. The Granite terrain is shaping up with Winning Ridge, Black Moon, True Fisher, Orphan Girl and the upper part of Center Stage all skiing excellently and now in normal grooming rotations. And this morning we were able to spin the Limelight lift for the first time this year. We have great steep powder skiing for experienced skiers and we have been seeing so much stoke from the people who have been up here during the week. Ski with a little caution, but go see what we have newly on offer.
Also, on the Front Side we finally have Berkeley and Atlantic Cable open and Sluice Box is coming shortly. After how bleak everything looked last week, we could not be happier about how the mountain is shaping up for February. See you on the slopes!
The Anaconda Lift is open! This is one of the latest starts in our history for the Anaconda lift but we are finally able to have some skiing on that side of the mountain due to the hard work of our snowmaking team and ski patrol. The top half of Claimjumper and Southern Cross are going to ski a little like you are in the backcountry. Mostly powder with some hazards lying beneath. We will have a few passes groomed but the best skiing will likely be in the powder until approximately the beginning of Gold Rush. At that point the groomed surfaces are the most reliable skiing surface due to snowmaking and the powder gets thinner and less supportable. Please ski the Anaconda lift with caution and know your limitations. This area will be more difficult to ski that most seasons but we think it has the potential to be a lot of fun for our more experienced skiers.
Additionally we are going to be experiencing a significant cold event all weekend. We will be running on a delayed start Jan 13th and 14th. First lift will be going up at 11am for those days. Remember to take breaks, keep your skin protected from elements and use hand and toe warmers. Have fun and be safe!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Discovery Ski Area. While it has been a challenging start to the season we are really happy to be able to provide some skiing terrain for everyone over the holidays. The Jubilee and Easy Chairlifts will be open every day through to the New Year and while we do have lots of thin cover, the terrain park is shaping up into mid season form with a variety of rails and jumps to play on. Even though we won’t be skiing steeps and powder, this will be a good week to ski with your loved ones, get your kids out on snow and play in the terrain park. See below for our map of terrain open this week and we hope to see you on the snow.
We are excited to announce we will have our Jubilee lift open on Dec 16 and 17. While we are still low on snow, we have had a good week of snowmaking allowing us to get our terrain park on Sapphire is great shape for this weekend. We will also have the trails Jubilee and Gold Bug open. The coverage is thin so please ski with caution. The Tap ‘r Lite Bar will be showing the Griz v NDSU football game Saturday at 2:30 pm.
Discovery will close on Monday Dec 18 before re-opening on our 7 day a week schedule on Dec 21. Tickets are currently discounted to $35 for adults and $22 for children. You can see the map below for this weekends open terrain. Keep thinking snow!
Discovery will continue our soft opening as we await more snow. We will have the Easy Chair and Totemoff Carpet available free of charge to the public and are working to get more terrain open as the weather allows. Kinderski and Kid Kruiser lesson and rental packages are still available at a reduced rate. We hope you can join us as we work through this frustrating early season. More snow is one the way!
To our valued Guests and Employees,
We regret to inform you that we will be closed for the season beginning March 22nd. After discussions today with our county government officials we decided that remaining open was no longer in the best interest of our community and we voluntarily made the decision to end our ski season. The Granite County Health Dept. have been practical and supportive partners and we have worked together to develop solutions to continue operating. We want to thank them for that support and for the hard work they are doing to help our residents stay healthy and safe during the pandemic.
Additionally we greatly appreciate the help of our wonderful staff over what has been a difficult season. We have some of the most intelligent, dedicated and thoughtful staff in the ski industry and Discovery Ski Area is the product of those employees’ work. Thank you for all of the difficult days you have put in this season and there will undoubtedly be better ones in the future.
We believe that although there will be some tough times ahead, our communities come out of this stronger and that a bright future lies ahead. We are already looking forward to seeing the first flakes and the subsequent smiling faces.
Take care of each other,
Discovery Ski Area