Yesterday and today there were some very good questions and comments on snowmaking and the sequencing of trails. Specifically, someone asked why we don't start with the Upper Mountain for opening instead of opening High Noon and Black Mountain Express.
Despite the Upper Mountain being a little colder, we can get High Noon open faster than Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch. The Upper Mountain trail is about twice as long and requires significantly more water to open. Also, while downloading skiers on Black Mountain Express is do-able, downloading is not ideal for the busy early season days. There would be a lot of skiers waiting to download BMX. It would be great to open High Noon and Lenawee Face / Dercum's Gulch and BMX and Lenawee Mountain Lift all at the same time, but we do not have the water resources to do that.
By going with High Noon, I think we get the earliest possible opening.