MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Whitetail Resort is preparing for the 2011-12 winter season with several capital improvement projects under way, according to a resort news release.
An automated lighting system has been installed on the intermediate Fanciful Trail to enable night skiing and snowboarding on the trail. The trail also will be equipped with more Techno Alpin fan guns to increase snowmaking capacity, the release said.
Whitetail is also constructing a loading carpet on the EZ Rider Quad, building a second patio and fire-pit area outside Windows Restaurant, and relocating and expanding the ski and snowboard check areas.
New rental equipment has started to arrive. Skiers this season can look forward to new Elan rental skis that incorporate Early Rise technology, which has shown to accelerate the learning curve for beginners, the release said. The Whitetail rental shop also has purchased 600 brand new Burton snowboards for adults.
"With all of the preparations and capital improvements we have completed, I am sure all of the outdoor enthusiasts in our region will thoroughly enjoy the upcoming winter season," Whitetail Resort General Manager Don MacAskill said in the release. "In addition, the long-range winter forecasts look favorable for the sports of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing."
Whitetail is preparing for its 11th annual Great Outdoors Festival, which features a ski, snowboard and golf equipment swap. The event will be Oct. 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activities for this year's festival include chairlift rides, snowmaking tours, the Penn State Timber Sports Team, children's activities, live entertainment and food.
Moondog Medicine Show, a Hagerstown-area blues band, will be featured at the festival Saturday, Oct. 22, while Hicktown, a country/rock band from the Hagerstown/Greencastle area, will perform Sunday, Oct. 23.
The Great Outdoors Festival also provides a last-minute opportunity for avid skiers and snowboarders to purchase their 2011-12 Season Pass or Advantage Card during the preseason sale.