SARANAC LAKE - The new T-bar at Mount Pisgah Ski Center will take its first skiers and snowboarders to the top of the village-run ski center at 10 a.m. Saturday morning; that's when the mountain is finally expected to open for the season.
"We put a lot of snow down in the last five days and six nights, so we're ready to open tomorrow," Pisgah Manager Charlie Martin said Friday. "It will be like early spring skiing or late fall season, but we're ready."
Martin said only one side of the mountain, the Suicide trail, will be open. If weather conditions allow it, snowmaking will continue on the main section of the ski hill, known as the Buttermilk trail, which isn't open yet. The tubing hill also isn't ready for the season yet, Martin said.
Opening day at the ski center, which usually happens just before Christmas, had to be pushed back this year because of a lack of natural snow and too much warm weather, including rain, which prevented Pisgah crews from making snow and melted much of what they had made.
That changed in the last few days, as overnight temperatures have consistently been below freezing and the snow guns at Pisgah have been blazing.
Skiers and snowboarders who visit the mountain Saturday will be among the first to ride the new T-bar, which was installed on the mountain this year. The roughly $400,000 project was funded by a combination of state grant money and funds raised by the Friends of Mount Pisgah.
For information on ski conditions or lift ticket rates at Mount Pisgah, call 518-891-0970 or visit the ski center's link on www.saranaclakeny.gov or its Facebook page.
Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.