JONES, Mich. (WNDU) – It’s a day after the Swiss Valley season opens and with the weather not so good on Monday, Assistant General Manager Mike Panich explains why this year will be better than the others.
“This year at Swiss Valley, we have a lot of new things. We’ve spent a lot of time this summer working, upgrading and improving things, ”says Panich.
New exterior upgrades include new snow cannons and snowmaking equipment, new groundwater infrastructure to improve snowmaking, and painted chairlifts.
“The biggest improvement we made over the summer was improving our pumping and snowmaking capacity. Improved some underground snowmaking infrastructure that no one will ever see but experience on the hill, ”said Panich.
Inside the Swiss Valley Chalet, guests will find new table tops, flooring, and a revamped menu.
However, Panich says the only items that will be served on the new menu, for now, are bar drinks until Swiss Valley fully reopens with full staff in early 2022.
“We aim to fully reopen by the start of the new year,” said Panich.
Panich says the fan favorite fireplace lounge is making a comeback in 2022 after being closed last year due to the pandemic.
That was probably our number one request, “Hey, when’s the living room with the fireplace going to open?” We love to sit there and hang out. This year we’re open again and it was great to see everyone hanging out here and warming up yesterday, ”said Panich.
With all the new upgrades, Panich says he’s thrilled to see more people spending more time on the slopes this year and looks forward to further improvements in the years to come.
“Just to see the fruits of all our labors open up, get everyone back here and see smiles on their faces and everyone have a good time.” Yesterday it was great to have everyone here. I want everyone to go outside, enjoy the good weather, nature and their family, ”says Panich.
For live updates on the opening days of the Swiss Valley ski and snowboard area, or to purchase tickets, go to their website or follow them on Facebook. For more information on Swiss Valley, click here.
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