Our worst snow season in over 40 years is starting to turn around, with several feet falling on higher elevations in the past week and more on the way! WESC is set to make it's 20 year comeback in the next week followed by King of the Hill all out of the 29 mile parking lot Tailgate Alaska. 907 Snowcat is on weather hold until further word on trail status.
January 11, 2011
Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to seeing you up here in Alaska this spring, new for the hill this year the snow cat operation is back! 907snowcat has just received a Piston Bully 300 Park Bully with a 14 person capacity, this just arrived in Valdez on Monday! Road construction will begin in the next week, more info and reservations available at 907snowcat.com
July 21, 2010
Mid-summer in the northern hemisphere, but a great snow summer in the Chugach Mountains, we did our last top to bottom ride on Oddessy Mountain in Thompson Pass on July 10th! Now we are headed back into the fresh snow zone for the 2010 World Heli Challenge on the South Island of New Zealand. Looking forward to hanging out in the mountains with good friends, and promoting our Valdez Chairlift project to the folks on the other side of the world!
April 13, 2010
What an amazing spring we have had here in Valdez, great weather, epic snow and an outrageous cast of characters!
Business was brisk in Valdez this spring with an above average number of skiers and snowboarders taking full advantage of a great time in the mountains. We would hope the trend of visitors is on the up with events like Tailgate Alaska tailgatealaska.com , the return of King of the Hill, and the possible return of WESC next spring, spurring up intrest in Valdez.
As for the Chairlift Project we have had a sucessful media season with Devon Oneil from Skiing Magazine touring the site for an article due out around next New Year, professional photographer Tony Harrington (Harro) getting some epic shots wheresharro.com , USA Today's James Sullivan, and Method Mag/TV's Rasmus Ostergaard method.tvmethodmag.com joining a crazy crew of locals and rockstars Shawn Farmer, Travis Rice, Scotty Lago, and Mark Landvic on the proposed chairlift site! Look for clips in the new sequel to "Thats it, thats all"
We anticipate running the Snowcat operation on East Peak in the spring of 2011, stay tuned for details coming out later this summer!!!
A task force is currently being formed to make this chairlift project happen, and as always our search continues for Investors interested in participating in the creation of a new attraction based in Valdez.
March 5th 2010:
Sorry there have been no updates in quite some time, Valdez has been having a great snow season in 09-10 with above average snowfall, and very little rainfall, making for some of the most epic turns in the last twenty years!
Many have been asking about the Snowcat operation on East Peak this year, unfortunately plans did not pan out for this season, but we are organizing a marketing plan to start this spring and summer to insure we are secure and improved in spring of 2011.
Our search continues for Investors interested in participating in the creation of a new attraction based in Valdez. Economic fears as well as Valdez's "remoteness" has put this project on pause for the time being, but we welcome anyone who would like to tour the project site to contact us.
Tailgate Alaska 2010 is kicking off March 24th and will be hosting "King of the Hill" World Extreme Snowboarding Championships the first week of April, should be a great time on Thompson Pass! To check out the schedule go the tailgatealaska.com site.
September 27th Just got back from New Zealand, had a great time at the World Heli Challenge, received 3rd place overall and a 1st on the big mountain extreme day! Big thanks out to Tony Harrington and the rest of the crew for putting on another world class event. worldhelichallenge.comThe Valdez snow season has started as of this weekend, had some fun turns above 4,000 feet in Thompson Pass on Saturday!
August 26th 2009 Ryan is Currently in New Zealand competing in the World Heli Challenge, check out the details at from August 28 to Sept 12 . Our snow season in Valdez was cut short due to the Mount Redoubt ash fall, black snow has never been a good thing. Doug Fulton stoked us out with 2 days of flying over and around the project site in his Stinson Flying Station Wagon, check out the photos on the Base Area Property page. The last 2 weekends have been spent out at the base area cutting some trails and burning brush, we also completed the trail to the Valdez Glacier Lake.
April 29th 2009 Summer is swiftly approaching, the snow cat season was safe and successful, thank you to all the folks who joined us this year, and we look forward to seeing you again next season! As we gear up for the summer, we are working on several projects at CMRC, we are currently looking into bridges to cover a 300 foot span of the Valdez Glacier Stream, planning for Valdez Glacier Lake rafting tours, as well as dirt work, a re-forestation nursery and surveying of base area property.
March 10th 2009 We have been running clients for the last week as well as adding trail improvements, and several large jumps, we will continue to add jumps and features for the spring "Prime Time"! Looking forward to seeing you on the hill!!!
February 25th 2009 After many days of battling gravity we have completed our snow cat trail system, several new trail improvements have been made includeing a trail into bowl #2, this trail was considered the "white whale" last year, as many atemps where made, but no satisfaction. We are now open for business so wax up, give us a call, and we'll get you on the slopes!
February 5th 2009 Hasta la vista Vegas, it was kind of a nasty town anyway, here we come Denver, if you did not meet Nate Smith at the front of the MTNOPS.COM booth you must have been too small or too drunk. Nate was out there making contacts shak'in the floor and promoting the best place to play on the planet, hands up, Nate rocked the show. We all look forward to making your dreams come true in Valdez this spring! Snow cat operations are set to begin within the next week with trail production and safety recconosince, so contact us soon with the dates you want to ride, even if your heli is not flying today, as space is limited.
January 27th 2009 First day of SIA, headed out this morning to Vegas!!!
January 24th 2009 Gearing up for the final SIA trade show in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, we will be presenting the CMRC project out of the MTNOPS booth located in the back right hand corner of the show. We will be getting the word out on the project, locating potential investors and promoting Valdez as a four season destination. Looking forward to seeing you at the show! mtnops.com
January 4th 2009 After several days in wind and minus 0 temperatures, we have finally completed the snow cat trail brushing to the top of the tree line, this greatly improves access to the mountain by lowering the grade and straightening out the main trail. A big THANKS to Nate, Ryan, Shane and Jerry for braving the cold and getting the job done.
December 24th 2008 Merry Christmas to all my family and friends!!! Looking forward to a productive New Year!!!
November 11th 2008
The D-8 Dozer was back in action this last weekend, completing the buffer zone road and heading out to the mountain base to cut in almost 9,000 feet of new roads and trails. These new roads open up the land for future subdivision of residential and commercial lots, also a big THANK YOU to John, Curt, Steve and the guys at Harris S&G for your hard work and completing the entire job for 2008.
October 14th 2008 We have begun on placing a road around the end of Corbin creek Subdivision serving as a ?Buffer Zone? required from the city of Valdez. After several bull dozer problems we were forced to load up and head home with an uncompleted road.
October 2nd 2008
A special thank you to all of the CMRC project supporters who traveled out to the future chair-lift site for an open-house tour, and thank you to Brielle Schaeffer from the Valdez Star, and Josh Smith from KCHU for your reports on the project?s progress. We were fortunate to have a couple beautiful days to enjoy the views and get out for some hiking out to the Valdez Glacier Lake as well as up the mountain trail.
September 24th 2008
Thank you to the citizens of Valdez and those abroad who have supported an idea for a year round chair-lift and recreation center for many years. As you all are aware, Alaska has been in the international spot-light for several years, not only politically but very much in the adventure realm as well. This in turn is great news for all projects in Alaska, such as gas lines, new oil drilling, State repairs and improvements, as well as drawing capital interest into projects such as harbors, parks and recreation centers.
Rydor Enterprises shall proceed forward with the original plan, toward a year round recreation center that will capitalize upon a huge international market while preserving energy conservation and efficiency. A project of this magnitude and world class caliber is a huge undertaking of both future planning and financial pursuit. I, as well as a large number of supporters believe in our project for Valdez and will continue to pursue this project?s development, our persistence will prevail.
I invite the people of Valdez to come out and tour the CMRC project site, to climb up the mountain trail and take in the breathtaking views of our valley. A key will be placed at the Alpetco road gate Saturday and Sunday, September 27th & 28th for anyone who wishes to visit the project site. Anyone who plans to travel to the site should be aware this is a 4X4 road with multiple stream crossings and miles of very rough road. This road should only be traveled with 4 wheelers or large 4X4 trucks. In the event of serious bad weather we will try again the following weekend of October 4th & 5th, in this event a sign will be placed at the Alpetco road gate notifying you of any changes to the plan.
SNOW CAT OPERATIONS IN FULL SWING 2009 SEASON, STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!
Nate,Shane, Rydor, Donny, and Tone representing AK in Vegas
Russ building road 2009 bowl #2
Gianna ready for some more birthday turns!!! 4-18-9
Nate Smith and Ryan Britt bust through treeline 1-4-9
John Ruhl keeps us on a straight line
Curt and the D-8 dozer
The Bullwheel @ future chairlift base
Valdez Glacier Lake, CMRC openhouse Sep. 2008
Rydor on Mt. Albert during World Heli Challenge 2009
Donny, Tone & Pat ready to ride early October pow 2008