It was snowing heavily as I left the ski area yesterday afternoon. I arrived to a beautiful snowy scene this morning. In the base area there is probably 3-4" of new snow. I suspect more up on the hill. Our temperatures just got down into the snowmaking realm this morning. We didn't quite pull the trigger on making snow expecting the window of opportunity was just a little too small. A good sign none the less. Moisture on the hill and temperatures starting to be consistently colder ---- I like it.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
The aspens in and around Summit County are in their beautiful Fall form. I heard on the news the fall change is about a week ahead of schedule. Walking or riding my bike through through those golden leaves is one of my favorite experiences each year. Over the weekend, Kay and I enjoyed a mountain bike ride over near Boreas Pass. The temperature and wind were a wee bit crisp and the colors were spectacular. Be sure to get that Fall hike/ride in soon.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Yesterday and today there were some very good questions and comments on snowmaking and the sequencing of trails. Specifically, someone asked why we don't start with the Upper Mountain for opening instead of opening High Noon and Black Mountain Express.
Despite the Upper Mountain being a little colder, we can get High Noon open faster than Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch. The Upper Mountain trail is about twice as long and requires significantly more water to open. Also, while downloading skiers on Black Mountain Express is do-able, downloading is not ideal for the busy early season days. There would be a lot of skiers waiting to download BMX. It would be great to open High Noon and Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch and BMX and Lenawee Mountain Lift all at the same time, but we do not have the water resources to do that.
By going with High Noon, I think we get the earliest possible opening.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The snowmaking equipment is on the hill. The crew has been running water through the pipes and they have checked all the electrical connections. The reservoir is full. We are ready. Snowmaking will commence just as soon as we have favorable weather conditions. We typically fire up the system when the wet bulb temperature drops below 28 F for a a few hours. We will be tracking the weather forecasts and monitoring temperature and humidity conditions on an hourly basis.
Snowmaking..........as soon as it gets cold enough.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Last night was very stormy around here. The snow line dropped to Base Area Level. There were some stunning images driving to work today. Down low the aspens are turning bright yellow. Up high the peaks are covered with a dusting of snow. All around the enthusiasm for the coming winter is rising. A few more weeks..............