Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What Does This Snow Mean?

This is shaping up to be an extraordinary week. We have had about 5-6" of snow since report time this morning with more expected the next few days.

So what does that mean for trail openings? Our snowmaking plan keeps marching forward. In order of completion, the next priorities are getting Molly Hogan open, buffing out Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch, and getting Sundance and Lower Wrangler open. Natural snow only helps this process.

Regarding opening the trails that do not have snowmaking, it is virtually impossible to predict dates. We can, however, provide some reasonably accurate info as it relates to our natural Midway Snow Depths. When the base gets in the 15-20" range, we can usually get Chisholm Trail and Upper Wrangler open. When the base hits the 20-25" range, we often open Lenawee Parks and Cornice / West Wall. Once the base breaks the 30" mark, Pallavicini Trail is getting pretty darn close.

Right now our man made, snowmaking base is 18". That is what we report until the natural Midway Base exceeds 18". Once you see a base of 19" or greater, we are getting close to opening trails with natural snow. Very, very, very loosely, about each 4" of new snow compacts down to about a 1" increase to the base - very, very loosely.

Tonight's chance of snow. We already beat it.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, is sundance next on the snowmaking menu??

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

After we finish up Molly Hogan and buff out Lenawee Face / Dercum's we will start making snow on Sundance.

Nashville Tripp! said...

Great info! looking forward to visit #1 (of many) next weekend!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Look forward to seeing you Tripp.

Anonymous said...

Great info Al, I think you pretty much answered everyone's questions in one post.

Anonymous said...

You are the man, Al!

Love you, this blog, and A-Basin!!!

Thomas said...

Alan - awesome blog! I wish other resorts were as proactive in sharing info like you are!

I've never skied A-Basin, but will this upcoming Thanksgiving. I'm looking at the Trail Map, but can't find Molly Hogan - where is that located? Just trying to keep up with the terrain open/soon to open. Thanks!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Molly Hogan is the teaching arena near the bottom of Black Mountain Express.

Anonymous said...

My kids are excited to lap Molly Hogan soon. Glad to hear it is next on the list of openings. As soon as it does, we'll be up there all the time. Until then, the money we'd spend on food/drink will just have to stay in my pocket.

Anonymous said...

This is a perfect summary of the process to open the mountain! Benchmarks that help us judge what to expect save me from asking 1000 questions about the progress of terrain openings. Please encourage your neighbors to follow suit!

Anonymous said...

I'm bringing 3 friends to A Basin to learn for first time. Will you have the bunny hill ready by this weekend?

Anonymous said...

Any possibility of uphill access opening this weekend?

Anonymous said...

Yep Molly hogan opens Saturday

Anonymous said...

4" to get an inch, and it takes 18" to open a trail, so you need 6 feet? (72") to open a trail.

seems like it shouldnt take 6' to open a trail.

Anonymous said...

18in of packed snow results from 6feet of powder. The powder stacks up all season and gets packed down to form the base to cover the bushes and small trees