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Tussey Mountain Ready For Transition From Winter To Spring

by on April 02, 2014 6:30 AM

After one of the most successful winter seasons in the resort's history, Tussey Mountain is looking to carry that momentum into the spring and summer months.

Due to the winter's high snowfall total and favorable conditions, this year marked the longest season in the history of the mountain. Fourteen new snowmaking guns produced the most man-made snow ever, and grooming was the "best its ever been."

Now, with the arrival and spring and seasonably warmer temperatures, the mountain is beginning its transition to accommodate a myriad of outdoor recreational activities - a point of pride for a resort that boasts year-round accommodations.

"We're Tussey Mountain all seasons now," says Bennett Hoffman, head of operations management. "We're not just Tussey Mountain Ski Resort."

This weekend, Tussey Mountain is holding a soft opening for their outdoor activities to give the public a taste of some early summer fun. The driving range, go-karts, zip-line, par 3 golf course, batting cages, and newly renovated skate park will be open this Saturday, April 5, beginning at 9 am.

Following the arrival of spring, festival and concert season is set to get underway in early June with the first "Celtic Fest", a celebration of Welsh traditions through food, drink, games, and song. Along with "Wings Fest," outdoor concerts, and "Oktober Fest" during the summer and early fall, Tussey Mountain's "Movies on the Mountain," a popular film-screening on the outdoor wide screen at the Amphitheater, is slated to begin June 27 at 8 pm. This year, an improved sound system will be installed to accommodate for more blanket and lawn chair wielding movie-goers.

"Winter is definitely a higher revenue time, but summer is approaching very fast," says Hoffman.

Along with tearing down and cleaning up the mountain, Hoffman says Tussey is working on a number of sustainability projects, including lighting and climate control efficiency inside the resort. TeamWorks, a training and development program designed to promote team-building skills for organizations and their employees, is also preparing to offer customized training systems and classroom-type seminars.

In preparation for the upcoming season, Hoffman says he's excited to see both familiar faces and those who've been waiting all winter long for the snow to melt to have some outdoor fun.

"We're looking forward to it, because it’s a whole different breed of people that come out of hibernation during the spring,” says Hoffman.

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C.J. Doon is a frequent contributor to Onward State and is a former StateCollege.com intern. A Long Island native, Doon is studying print journalism at Penn State.
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