Cold weather is here: With temperatures running up to 20° colder than usual for the last week, we were able to start making snow earlier than in a typical year. Our snowmakers have already converted nearly 6 million gallons of water into beautiful white snow.
A little out of the Ordinary: In a typical year we would have the slopes open soon after we had a streak of good snowmaking weather like we are currently enjoying. As you are aware, this season will be a little different than the past. The ski area will operate out of temporary facilities in the parking lot, and utilize a newly reconfigured and expanded Lake Normandale parking lot. We are working to get final approvals to move into those temporary facilities.
Opening Soon: We anticipate opening the day after Thanksgiving, which is a typical opening date for the season. Although we have to stick to our opening schedule to get everything online for the year, you can rest assured that we will have some of our best features in place. The terrain parks will be more complete, we anticipate all the rope tows and lifts will be running, and race teams should be able to set gates, which is not typical of opening day anywhere.
A Season to Remember: As Hyland builds for the future, we appreciate your continued patience as we work to get open as soon as possible!
As the weather gets colder, Hyland is getting closer to opening for the upcoming ski season. The modular temporary chalet and guest services trailer are in place, and getting prepped for housing seating, guest services, snowsports academy, equipment rental, food service, and restrooms for the upcoming season. The new Ski Patrol building is on schedule to be open by the end of this month.
The construction of the new Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area Chalet, site, and Normandale Lake Park Chalet Road parking lot is proceeding well. Underground utilities are being finished at both the Chalet site and the Normandale parking lot and workers have been pouring cement for curbing in preparation for paving.
Completion of the parking and utility work is an important project milestone as we begin to focus on the upcoming 2014/2015 ski season. One of the steps in the parking lot construction is to recycle, crush, and prepare the gravel base material for use under the pavement. We anticipate workers will begin to prepare the base material within the next couple of days. During this time, neighbors may hear an unusual and different noise as compared to previous construction activity levels. The anticipated duration is 2-3 days. The noise will occur within normal construction hours outlined in the Site Development Agreement with the City of Bloomington. (Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Chalet Road will be closed beginning August 21-22, use this detour if you are affected by the closure:
Chalet Road will be closed at the Normandale Lake parking lot to all traffic beginning Thursday, August 21st while crews work on upgrading the sewer system. The closure is expected to take between one to two days, with the road anticipated to be open by the weekend.
Check back for more updates on this project soon.