By Kellen M. Quigley
As the temperatures continue to drop and snow flurries cover the ground, locals are counting down the days to when winter sports season in Western New York is officially underway.
Whether you prefer to tackle the slopes on skis or a snowboard, a variety of terrain and more can be found at Kissing Bridge ski resort in Concord.
Last week, operators of the Kissing Bridge announced snowmaking operations would begin Nov. 13 with plans to open its 2018-18 season on Nov. 30, as long as the forecast promises the right weather conditions will continue.
“Today, 40 brand new HKD were dropped off in our parking lot and we couldn’t be more excited!” Kissing Bridge wrote on its website Nov. 13. “This is the largest snow making expansion in Kissing Bridge History! We are beginning to make snow this evening and as long as mother nature allows, all efforts are being made to open as soon as we can. We can’t wait to show off all of our new improvements and see everyone out on the slopes. Bring on the snow!!”
Last month, Kissing Bridge president Richard Fanelli wrote a letter on the website, updating the area’s ski and snowboard enthusiasts on what’s been happening leading up to opening day.
“As always at this time of the year, we are busy cleaning, building, painting and preparing for what the weather forecasters are all calling an epic winter!” Fanelli wrote. “We have lots of new things arriving at KB this fall that we are very excited about.”
One of the most significant improvements for 2018 was the new, expanded snowmaking system. Fanelli said the resort’s crews have been busy installing the electric and pipe to handle the new snowmaking guns.
“The high-efficiency HKD impulse R5 guns are scheduled to arrive mid-November, making this the largest snow making improvement in over a decade,” he wrote.
Also earlier this fall, Kissing Bridge announced the resort is starting the first phase of its LED lighting projects. Fanelli said they are relighting all of the central slopes and all base area lights.
“In addition we will also be putting new LED lights on our main slopes at the North area as well,” he wrote. “Both of these projects will not only enhance your riding experience but will also help us reduce our energy consumption. Go Green!”
Fanelli said the construction on the new Learning Center located at Central was on its way to completion, making it the one location for all lesson needs at the resort for everyone ages 3 and up.
“Comes as a family, leave as skiers and/or snowboarders!” he said. “We are making strides at Kissing Bridge to provide a great family winter experience.”
Not only will the new Learning Center be perfect for lesson needs, but Fanelli said they are equally excited about the newly redesigned rental facility, the Snowflake Rental Shop, owned and operated by Greg Bromley.
“He will be replacing a large percentage of our rentals with brand new equipment from Rossignal, Dalbello and Smith,” Fanelli wrote. “His new manager Dave Bonnell has been busy modifying the flow and layouts to give our guests a quick and pleasant experience.”
Although these are just a few of the improvements on display for patrons to Kissing Bridge this snowsport season, Fanelli said he’s thankful to everyone for the support and suggestions over the last few seasons.
“Though we cannot do everything we would like at this time, the future looks white and snowy!” he wrote. “We will continue to do the best we can to offer a product we can be proud of at an affordable price!”
If you want to take advantage of pre-season specials, jump online starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24. There you will find deals on season passes, ticket packages and rentals for all the snowsports fanatics on your holiday shopping list. There are only 25 of each special package deal available, so once they’re gone, they’re gone!
For more information, call 592-4963 or visit www.kbski.com for all the latest ski season news.