The Homestead Resort in Virginia has offered skiing since the 1950’s. Changes over the summer bring state-of-the-art snowmaking to the historic resort, promising to boost the length of the resort’s ski season and improve the quality of snow.
In July, 2003, the resort unveiled a multi-million dollar plan to modernize its snowmaking system. Included in the plan are a holding and cooling reservoir to ensure an adequate water supply, a large capacity pumping station, and fan-style snow guns. The reservoir has been completed and the resort has been busy working on a water delivery system to bring chilled water to the resort’s nine slopes.
“We are getting more and more enthusiastic and looking forward to the coming season as we see each element of the new system completed,” said Gary K. Rosenberg, President and CEO of the Homestead. “Our snowmaking operation will be in full swing when the weather gets cold enough and we will be poised for the best ski year ever this holiday season,” he added.
Once the new system is in operation, The Homestead will be able to go from bare ground to opening in just four days.
“This investment will allow us to improve our ski operation immensely and boost both the quality and duration of our winter season,” said Rosenberg.
The Homestead is a National Historic Landmark Resort, located within 15,000 acres of the Allegheny mountain range. The resort plans to offer expanded snowboarding and tubing opportunities, special clinics, vendor demonstrations, competitions and family games this winter season. The resort also offers guided snowmobile tours, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating on an Olympic size skating rink.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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