Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Little Bit Of Snow

It is very nice to see new snow this morning. At 5:30 AM the wet bulb temperature was 28.7 F. Not quite cold enough for snowmaking, but the trend the next few days appears to be good. The weather looks unsettled with dropping temps. Getting some white stuff on the ground is good. I know, I know, I know. We are all jonesing for snowmaking.


27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Al - When did Abasin typically open before the advent of snowmaking?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Between mid-November and Christmas, highly variable

Jordan Johnson said...

Thanks so much for the updates. It helps with my anxiety a tiny bit, lol. How many solid snowmaking days do you need to open?

Anonymous said...

He says 4 to 14.
AL come on your wasting time you should be making snow , loveland is making snow right now, and your saying the wet bulb isn't cold enough by .7

Anonymous said...

4-14 days of snowmaking the basin usually has the 18" base they want/need to open.

Anonymous said...

I find it funny the number of people commenting here who are insistent that A Basin needs to open ASAP. I suspect these same people don't show up in April/May when the Basin has some of its best day.

The WROD is overrated.

Anonymous said...

How is it possible that Copper has managed to make so much snow when it is generally 5 degrees warmer than at the basin?...

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Contrary to some thinking, A-Basin is not always the coldest place around. We are still just a little too warm for snowmaking. Don't worry, when it gets cold, we will be cranking.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a bunch of ground up ice blocks would do the trick?????

Anonymous said...

I agree that some of the best days at A Basin are in late April and May, and I'm not talking about spring skiing. Been there in near blizzard conditions and after 2-3 feet of snow over a few days. Epic days in late season!

I had to look it up - WROD White Ribbon of Death, single ski run open on artificial snow.

Anonymous said...

Web cam at snow plume looks great!

http://arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/snow-conditions/web-cams.aspx

Patrick Yarbrough said...

I may be incorrect, but isn't there a limit to the quantity of water that ski areas are sanctioned to divert toward snowmaking? So if you can only produce a finite amount of snow before being capped off by the Forest Service, there doesn't seem any logic or point in trying to make snow if the forecast suggests it's all going to melt, or if it is just slightly too warm to make snow.

So to all the people acting so desperate for snow to be made- just be patient. It is better to wait until the conditions are favorable to make snow and provide a better base for the entire season, rather than using all of the allotted water available early on to create a crummy base for only a few turns.

Anonymous said...

Just checked all of Copper's webcams and no signs of snow except the same light dusting >10,000' el. Can't see any evidence of manmade snow in Center village, SuperB or Terrain park live camera feeds. Loveland also hasn't made any snow since last Thursday as far as I can tell on their website.

Anonymous said...

i need to ski, hopefulyl u guys have a banger park setup this year

Anonymous said...

Looks more like late September or early October than late October... oh well, hopefully once it starts snowing in November it does not stop or it's gonna be another challenging season...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your good work Mr. H.

Anonymous said...

None of you guys know anything about ball bearings. Al and his crew know ball bearings and, as we all know, it isn't about the wet bulb temperature. It is all about ball bearings.

Jordan Johnson said...

Let me just be clear that I am not complaining or anything (except maybe a little bit to mother nature). My friends and I make a big deal about the basin's opening day (more for the symbolism than the quality of snow) and I'm getting excited for it to finally be here.

Anonymous said...

Do people really believe there is some sort of conspiracy happening? Why the hell would Al not want to open A.S.A.P.? Be patient people, thanks Al and Abasin crew for all your hard work!

Anonymous said...

I am sincerely confused by the fact that the two ski areas within three miles of the Basin are able to be making such good progress, while A-basin continues to whine that it's too warm.

Anonymous said...

Conspiracy? Well, Al did admit to spreading misinformation this morning... LOL!

Anonymous said...

Ha Now everybody is going ape$#!+ over a dusting!

Eric Loosle said...

Al, do you use snowmax at the basin?

bleachlpb said...

Well, I heard Keystone was making snow a few days ago, but it would appear that whatever they blew either melted - or they were just testing out their systems.

Either way, I put my faith in the Basin and their crew. Patience. We're all at the mercy of Ma Nature. And yeah my friends and I like to make a fun time out of opening day/early season. Sure, it's only 1 run but we get in early then hang out relaxing and tailgating.

And yes I agree with the folks who mentioned April and May skiing (and even June!). I'm up at the Basin every weekend I can in the spring.

Looking forward to opening, whenever it is!

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

No Snowmax at The Basin

Anonymous said...

Anyone who says they are making snow is just doing so for marketing purposes. The storm happening right now is going to be a great start for A Basin and Loveland. But the others are just blowing smoke! A Basin is just being honest unlike the majority!!!

Turbos mom said...

Copper is making snow up high for us ski team training.
Keystone just blew out their lines.
Mother Nature is helping with the freshies, but the temps need to drop.
Loveland is getting a bit of snow made.
Anyone who thinks a basin is holding back from snow making......why would they ?