Tuesday, October 4, 2016

All Day Long

We have had a phenomenal first day of snowmaking. The snowmakers fired up the system and ran at full capacity for most of the evening. The temps stayed cool enough to keep going through the day. The evening forecast for tonight looks very good. In fact, the forecast for several days looks very good. Whenever we can make snow through the day, we are happy.

If everything went perfectly, cold temps and plenty of water, we can get the mountain open in less than a week. Typically, it does not go perfectly. We mix in some warm, non-snowmaking weather and it takes a little longer. We will see how it plays out the next week or two.

Great start.



26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess it is time to officially ask. So Al, when ya gonna open?

Skidreamer said...

Whoop whoop!

Mike Deloney said...

Less than a week, wow. If only Mother Nature was a skier too.

Eric Foster said...

Absolutely incredible to think we are nearly a full 3 WEEKS ahead of when snowmaking began last year...
Bold predictions from around the office: We will be skiing at least 50% of lower mountain runs by the end of the month...

Anonymous said...

they could have there earliest opening ever. If things wrk out right with the weather, they may finally open on the 8th of October. I remember my dad telling me of the latest time they were open till which was like sometime in august back in the 90s after receiving a 6 inch snow in mid July. The mountains just amaze me year after year with the way weather works.

Anonymous said...

Time to tune the snowblades

Anonymous said...

This is HUGE!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great info. Excellent!

Anonymous said...

Take us to Gnarnia!

Anonymous said...

Al, thanks for the informative, fun, knowledgeable description of the snow making process. We appreciate you keeping us informed of all the A-Basin activities.

Anonymous said...

YUMMY!!!

Goose Anderson said...

Al, as an ex-snowmaker from the East, I know the answer is generally always up to the weather, but honestly, what is your take on the possibility of an Oct 7/8 opening weekend??
The outlook for this week is incredible. I know from experience that lows multiple nights in a row in the 20-25 range with some natural snow is most definitely a good sign...

Unknown said...

Nothing makes me happier. Thanks for the hard work and keeping all the snow lovers in the loop!

Anonymous said...

Al (or anyone else who knows) - just trying to understand the rationale for making snow now when the forecast shows in a few days the low might only be around 32 at night and also during the days it will be regularly in the 40s and 50s. Don't you end up wasting that water on snow that will partially melt each day? Or do you just have enough water available from the reservoir where losing a bit to melt each day is outweighed by what you can make when it's cold enough. Thanks. Either way, GREAT to see the snowmaking starting!

Anonymous said...

Would love to see an early opening! But, with warmer temperatures Saturday thru Tuesday, and overnight lows expected to be above snowmaking temperatures, I don't see an opening before 13/14 October. I hope that I'm wrong!

Anonymous said...

Chuga Chuga, Chuga Chuga, Choo Choo!! That's the sound of the hype train leaving the station!!

Thanks for the update Al.

Anonymous said...

and the snow stopped blowing:(

dwylde said...

So...... How's that weather? More importantly....how's that snow making going? ;)

Anonymous said...

It got a little warm, but tomorrow will be AMAZING for snowmaking with the lower temperatures.

aljex said...

Wow. Great news

Anonymous said...

For all the doubters... I saw a commercial FOOD truck unloading at the Basin today... If stocking up food doesn't indicate at least some chance of opening this weekend I'm not sure what does. Also saw the coverage on High Noon with my own eyes, it looks even more promising than the webcam photos...

Chevie Broadsmith said...

When I drove by at 3:30 this afternoon it was 38° F and it keeps getting cooler. My bet is that the gun show gets fired up around 9pm this evening, continues most of the day tomorrow and flows perfectly into that 19° low on Thursday night... then the snowcat drivers come out Friday afternoon to push some snow around for a Saturday Oct. 8 opening... in my dreams, at least.

Bo-ski said...

Awesome Al! Kudos to the team!

Grayson McCordrayson said...

Chevie, I could not agree more. The Basin has been blessed with these incredible conditions so early this season compared to last. Naturally I drove by this morning on the way to work, praying to see something amazing. Now snow levels look good, not for an Oct. 8 opening sadly. my biggest fear is a warm week next week and significant lost progress on snowmaking. Time will tell... Nonetheless, I look forward to a great 2016-17 season spent at the Basin! Cheers!!!

Chevie Broadsmith said...

Grayson, buddy, thanks so much for the reply! I'm worried about next week too, but I have faith that Alan and his snowmaking unit will pull through for us.

Cheers

Dick Proenneke said...

Love the way you think Grayson! Oct. 8... let's skin up for the day and share a few brews afterwards...we'll call it a toast to the early season.