It’s hard to believe that another year is about to come to a close and the start of another ski season is under our belt. It feels like just yesterday we were saying hello to old friends at Oktoberfest or even watching the last of the snow melt on The Face this past June.
Whether we are ready for it or not, 2018 is less than 36 hours away as we write this post. As with any new beginning, we are forced to pause and reflect on the days that have gone by. And as we reflected, we found that a lot of great things happened on the mountain this year. It’s been a whirlwind year to say the least and it makes us excited for things to come.
So, what transpired in 2017?
Opening of the Bullwheel Bistro
Early in 2017 our food & beverage department came up with an idea after many guest requests about dining options on the mountain – The Bullwheel Bistro at the Upper.
Anyone who has been to the mountain on a busy Saturday knows that the Lower Lodge and Moon Valley Grill can become quite busy. After some suggestions from skiers and even some locals who like to head to the mountain to dine with a view, our staff used the newly remodeled bar area at the Upper Mountain to create The Bullwheel Bistro, a “pop-up” restaurant of sorts at the Upper Mountain Lodge open on Saturdays.
It was greeted with great reviews as the Bistro alleviated some of the busyness of the Lower Lodge, allowing families more room to spread out, as well as giving diehard Upper Mountain skiers more options to eat, from burgers to quesadillas and salads.
3 Local Athletes competed in the Empire State Winter Games
As Titus Mountain hosted the Empire State Winter Games freestyle events for the second year, we were proud as three of our own local athletes stepped up to the plate to compete. Jason Stepnoski, Daniel Badgley, and Tucker Lawrence, all hometown skiers and riders, were sponsored by Titus Mountain to show the community their skills.
The Winter Games grew for the second year and our local athletes found themselves in a pool of highly qualified competitors including famous Dew Tour athletes. They held their own during the Big Air and Slopestyle competition, with Badgley and Lawrence both taking home a silver in the Slopestyle competitions.
Featured in Powder Magazine and Travel & Leisure (among other publications!)
As the Titus mountain crew worked on snowmaking and grooming, our guest relations staff continued to give great customer service and our patrons took notice! Word started to spread and we were featured in many national publications over the past few months. For a small town mountain this was big news for us!
One of our local skiers alerted us to two features in Powder Magazine, one for an event that we host with St. Lawrence University as part of our “Own the Upper” program (read the article here), and one for our Season Pass program (article here).
We also had a nod in Travel & Leisure for being an “Under the Radar” resort, Montreal Families for our Canadian Ski & Stay program, and Travel Daily News for our “Best in Snow” Award (more about that below!). We couldn’t have been featured in these things if it weren’t for our awesome fans getting the word out for us, so thanks!
Constructed 4 New Slopeside Cabins
Over the summer our mountain crew took on a new project as they constructed four new slopeside cabins on our learning hill. One of the most frequent questions we always received from new families heading to the mountain was what we had for slopeside lodging, and until this year we didn’t really have much to offer.
On December 24 we welcomed our first family to our slopeside cabins and we are excited to continue offering an amazing experience to our guests with these new lodging options.
Record Breaking Oktoberfest
Despite a day that started out a bit wet, our 37th Annual Oktoberfest was record-breaking as we hit the 4,000 mark in attendance. That’s a lot of people who we got to share the mountain atmosphere with!
This year Oktoberfest had a bit of a different set-up as well which was met with approval from parents and families as we moved our Titus Teddy Kids’ Zone down the hill and made it more accessible for people of all ages. We had over 70 vendors, the Ski Patrol was able to raise money to help expand their main patrol building, and Adirondack Energy gave away 965 gallons of free fuel while also collecting over 300 coats for local area children.
Voted #1 Family Friendly Ski Area in North America
Last, but certainly not least, is some of the coolest news as we were voted #1 Family Friendly Ski Resort in North America! What is so cool about this award is it’s not just an award given to use by a committee, but rather our guests took time out of their days to go out and vote for us. It’s amazing what our ski community can accomplish for the small town of Malone!
If that wasn’t enough, the icing on the cake was that we were also voted #3 Beginner Friendly Resort in North America! Again, we wouldn’t be what we are without our guests, friends, and family believing in us and what a small, family-owned mountain can accomplish. Once again, our hats and helmets are off to you.
Whew… what a year. But the best part about reflecting on the days that have gone by is preparing for the days that are yet to come. We have quite a year to try to best, but with some new events up our sleeves as well as renovations in the works, we’re ready to make 2018 at Titus even better. We hope you will share a part of your year with us. We’ll see you on the slopes.
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