Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Winch Cat

This afternoon and into the evening both Scott and Dorse will be operating snowcats and getting the Upper Mountain ready. When I saw them about an hour ago, they were operating the winch cat on Lenawee Face. In areas where we make or groom snow, the snow gets moved around a lot by us with snowcats and by skiers and riders as they turn. A regular snowcat can move snow around flat areas and downhill areas quite well.  Because snow is heavy, it is tough to push uphill.  We use a winch cat for that.  As you can see in this top picture, there is a big winch and cable on the cat that is attached to an uphill anchor.  The winch helps pull the cat and the snow uphill. That anchor can be portable like another snowcat or it can be a fixed point.  We have many fixed anchors scattered around the mountain.

Tomorrow morning the mountain staff is going to take a good look at tonight's grooming and snowmaking progress.  Once we have made adequate snow, there is still 18-24 hours of work removing snowmaking equipment, putting on the final grooming touches, and getting the last stuff (ropes, pads, signs, etc.) ready.  The Upper Mountain will not open Thursday.  We hope to open it before the weekend.  Look for a definitive announcement tomorrow.  It looks great up there.






10 comments:

Bjorn Borg said...

Wooo! Bring it!

ab said...

Thanks for the detailed information. The snow was great today and the lines weren't bad at all.

Don Keller said...

Outstanding to read this progress!

Anonymous said...

At this pace Beaver Creek will open top to bottom skiing first.

Anonymous said...

Umm, sarcastic or not, Beaver Creek won't be open for over another month. I think A basin will be doing just fine by then.

Anonymous said...

Beaver Creek opening day Nov 27th, so enjoy waiting another month to go slide around, give thanks for what you have and don't look a gift horse in the mouth! Can't wait to shred len this weekend!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Stop whining and be grateful for the great skiing mother nature and the outstanding abasin team have provided in October.

Anonymous said...

I can't stand the fact that people are complaining! We are boarding in October! The A-Basin crew wants more runs just as badly as we do. Thanks for the updates Al!

Project Engineer said...

Well done sir.

Chris W. said...

That's so cool that you have a winch cat. I understand another advantage they have is that you can groom a hill that would be too steep for a regular cat. So, if we are unfortunate enough to go a couple weeks without a storm some time this season, do you think you could use that thing to lay down some corduroy on Pali Main St.? I'll bring my DH skis!