Winter sport enthusiasts came from around the Lakeland region to take in the slopes at the Mount Joy Snow Resort this past weekend.
Opening its doors for its 49th season, Mount Joy volunteer Chandra Matlock said that this year’s reception has been overwhelming.
“If you follow us on Facebook, it’s currently blowing up with positive feedback about the resort,” she said.
“Some of the people who are new to the area are not aware about what the resort has to offer and they are they are excited about having something close by.”
Being the 49th year of operation, Matlock said that there are some new things that will add to the experience when skiers and snowboarders are at the resort.
“It’s not just about skiing and snowboarding,” she said. “But if someone wants to sharpen their skills, we have the ski school that goes on for a couple of weeks. And we have some kids, and even adults, who want to join and can do quite well.
“(Mount Joy) also offers more private lessons this year, for those who want to learn at a more flexible pace.”
One of the biggest compliments that Matlock heard over the first weekend was regarding the new food in the chalet.
“I was helping out at the concession, and it was crazy,” she said. “We sold over three times in food sales than in previous years, because of our new special.
“Where else for $5 can you get soup and pork on a bun? It was a big hit for everyone.”
Matlock said that she is seeing new faces to the resort.
“People who are new to the area are discovering us, but also people who have lived in the area for some time and didn’t realize what the resort is and what it has to offer,” she said.
Opening the second week of January isn’t usual, according to Matlock, but compared to last year the slopes are opening a bit earlier.
“Usually the season season is late January, to March,” she said. “However we are trying to expand the season, and the way to do that is at looking at business partnerships.”
According to Matlock, the volunteer based board of Mount Joy Snow Resort will be fundraiser this year, to crate a system that would bring water from the bottom of the resort to the top, to help create snow extending the season by possible a few weeks to a few months.
“We need more capitol and infrastructure investments, however is there are more business that partner with us than we do have naming rights, and really great exposure for that.”
According to Matlock there have been some business that have jumped on board with the fundraiser, and they are on their way to raising their $100,000 they need to make the project a reality.
Mount Joy officials said that fundraising will not be the only form of revenue, grant applications and also sales at the resort will go towards the ‘Water to the Top’ project.