Monday, October 7, 2013

Pod of Whales

Sunday night the snowmakers had a decent session.  I just finished a dusk walk down High Noon. We have made a lot of snow there. The fan guns (and most types of snowguns) make big piles of snow commonly call Whales.  I can tell you there is a very large pod of white whales swimming on High Noon right now.

I know I might drive some of you crazy, but we are really close.  Looks like the next change in the weather will start Thursday night.  If, in fact, we get some good, cold snowmaking weather it just may be possible to.....................









13 comments:

Axel said...

..........open this weekend?

HD said...

Open on Friday???

Anonymous said...

Friday would be a great opening day!

Scott said...

I think you need some help sanity checking that the snow is up to par... I volunteer my skinning expertise!! (looks great, excited for the season)

Anonymous said...

if the lifts are not open on friday can I just come hike the mountain with my board?

-Ryan

Emily Woessner said...

Looking good Alan! pretty sure I saw you riding on the bike path sunday! cant wait for the basin to open. after my marathon on oct 20th I'll be up for sure, but until then safety first! -Emily Woessner

Chris W. said...

Hello, I was wondering if you could comment on the water supply for snowmaking. I remember last year at some point that became a bit of an issue (although not as big as some made it out to be apparently) as the previous year's snow melt was terrible and the stream was running low. How does this year compare? I know the snow melt was better but not great, but I think the wet fall has the Snake river (that's where the water comes from, right?) running pretty high still. Does that affect how much you are allowed to divert for snowmaking? In short: given low temperatures, will the whales keep coming?

Anonymous said...

might be able to......... open tomorrow?

Anonymous said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing, can't wait ...

george.dirth said...

george.dirth said...

Might be able to ...... open yesterday?

Serious question though. Back in the day on the east coast Killington could blow snow on the upper mountain and open a lift with similar vert to BME in about 24-48 hours. What makes it take so many more snowmaking hours out here? Or is it just a commitment to a higher quality product once you open than they would have?

Anita Clement said...

Okay, we have been made clear Friday is not happening so....Saturday?!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Don't know enough about Killington to comment on its system. We have a modern, very effective and very efficient snowmaking system. There are larger systems out there. Our works well for us and, obviously, Killington's works well for them. Don't they call that place the "Beast of the East?" I suspect it is just a size issue.