The Schroon Lake Ski Hill will open Dec. 29 with a new generator to carry skiers up the hill and warm them. The $30,000 generator cost the town $250.
Mike Marnell knows a bargain when he finds one.
The Schroon supervisor recently found and purchased a generator that is now online at the Schroon Lake Ski Hill. The generator powers the ski tow, lights, heaters and the warming hut.
The generator, a $30,000 item, was bought for $250 from Federal Surplus Property, a program that allows non-federal organizations to obtain property that the federal government no longer needs.
“This is a great find for the town,” Marnell said. “I started looking for one last spring and finally located it. Federal Surplus Property has all sorts of things for towns, schools and other agencies.”
The timing couldn’t be better. Schroon got more than a foot of new snow Dec. 27. The ski area with the new generator will open Dec. 29.
“Everything worked out great,” Marnell said. “The generator is in place, the ski trails have been groomed. We’re all set.”
Located at the Schroon Lake Municipal Golf Course, the ski area is open Friday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on school holidays. Skiing is free.
Before getting the $250 generator, the town was leasing a generator to operate the ski area at a cost of $1,800 a month.
“We’re saving a lot of money with this generator,” Marnell said.
Besides skiing, the town facility has a hill designated for sledding.