This Saturday, Troll is flipping the switch for the chair lift and officially opening the downhill ski season.
To celebrate this, Troll is accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Good Cheer in lieu of money for a lift ticket.
In fact, everything from the ride to the hill to equipment rentals is free or can be handled with donations.
It’s the third year Troll has opened in this way and it’s an event they really enjoy.
“We feel strongly that it’s a great way to give back to the community,” Troll General Manager Hildur Sinclair said.
“It’s a real neat, feel good event.”
The Troll ski bus, run this year by Julie and Ryan Dinsdale, is offering a free ride up to the mountain. For a schedule, head to www.trollskibus.com.
The rental shop at Troll is offering rentals of boots and skis/boards for the price of a food donation. To top it off, the rental shop has all-new equipment this year to make sure your skiing session goes as well as possible.
The rental shop now also offers season-long rentals for those who don’t want to invest completely in the sport, but want to try it more than once.
All donations will go to Good Cheer.
Troll was scheduled to open last weekend, but put off the opening as forecast snow was pushed out and replaced with a cold snap.
This week, forecasts are once again calling for snow and Sinclair is optimistic about conditions.
“We have a great base and there’s powder in the forecast,” she said.
The hill will be open weekends during December, before moving to seven days a week for Christmas vacation and is, of course, closed Christmas day. Troll will celebrate the new year with a free pancake breakfast on New Year’s day at 10 a.m.
In the New Year, the hill will be open Wednesday – Monday and closed on Tuesday.
The season is still in flux, so Sinclair encourages everyone check the website before leaving to keep up on the changing season, as the hill may be open more or less depending on weather and other factors.
You’d be forgiven if you haven’t been keeping up with Troll, as their website seems to have given the Google crawler bots the slip.
Although you can still find Troll Resort’s website by googling, then following the facebook link and from there clicking on the website link, the website itself doesn’t seem to show up on the results.
The best bet is to go directly to the website, at www.trollresort.com.