Thursday, October 22, 2015

Still Snowing

It is still warm and it is snowing again. Much like the night before, the snowmakers turned the system on a couple of times in anticipation of a temperature drop. Unfortunately, the drop did not occur. We ran the system a little bit, but didn't make much snow. The forecast is for a reasonable amount of snow today and tonight. In the long run, this is a very good thing. In the short term, I wish we were making snow right now. This early season snowfall, however, will lead to a bump in streamflows which leads to more water available for snowmaking in the coming days and weeks. Yes, it would be great to be making snow this morning, but this precip probably equates to an overall net increase in snowmaking.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

ahh hopefuly you guys can make some snow tonight! thanks for the updates AL!

Anonymous said...

Great news. You can't beat real snow��

Shraggy said...

Al,
Is there any more clarity on when opening day will be? I'm guessing next week at least, but is it even slightly possible that it might be this Saturday? Can't way to cruise The Bay; my level of stoke is dialed to 11! :D
Thanks for the updates!

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Anonymous said...

There is no way it'll be this Sat, so just relax, go ride your bike, and be patient. They need 18" of base to open. Let's hope it doesn't get mad warm again after this storm. That will be a start. My guess for opening is early Nov.

Mike DeLoney said...

Shraggy,
Saturday is too soon. The current snow looks great (and is great), just not for skiing. If the cats pushed and packed down this storm, there'd barely be one inch of snow!! It takes about one foot of fresh snow to pack down to an inch... by that scale it would take about 216 inches of fresh pow to open without snowmaking!!! In other words... a huge huge storm :-)
We can only pray for the snowmaking team to catch up!

Anonymous said...

I think your calculations are a little off considering Vail only average is about 300 inches of snow per year

joe berry said...

If u turn the guns on with lower water output you can make snow.. that's how Loveland is making snow right now. Here in North Carolina we have the same guns and they make snow when it's 32 doesn't matter the wet bulb they just adjust water flow accordingly...

Anonymous said...

Wetbulb temp incorporates temperature and relative humidity. All kinds of variables impact the conditions for making snow and the conditions of the snow made. It's not as simple to just the temp being 32°. Abasin and other ski hills have professionals that do this every season, trust them. They'll make snow any chance they can until their water rights have been used up. Also the internet, namely Wikipedia has useful info on things like 'wetbulb temp' why it is important... maybe your resort uses air temp and relative humidity as separate measurements... In either case, go learn something...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet-bulb_temperature

joe berry said...

Ummmm I'm a snowmaker out here why don't you go learn something

joe berry said...

You wouldn't last a day on the east coast.... the weather out here is ridiculous especially when all the big resorts have auto guns and we have to hike the mountain to turn them on and off... come try me I dare u