Thursday, October 6, 2016

Taking Care Of The Water

I hope you enjoy this photo I took yesterday morning.

We have shut snowmaking down for the day and plan on firing back up this evening. Our water supply is getting a little low. With marginal temps in the base area right now and cold temps forecast tonight, we chose to use the water this evening and get the biggest bang out of snowmaking.

We do have a few inches of snow on the ground. Tomorrow we should see warming temperatures and plenty of sun. Much of the natural snow will melt  and raise stream levels, speeding up the re-filling of our reservoir. The weather conditions put us in a very good place.

Of note, we initially make snow on cooler, North Facing, shady slopes. Melting of our man made snow is minimal.


10 comments:

dwylde said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for all of your hard work and amazing dedication to getting A-Bay open for another amazing season of skiing and riding!
And thanks for all the updates as we all bite our nails, pace and do our snow dances while we wait for what we hope is an EARLY EARLY opening day!
You guys ROCK!

Skidreamer said...

Al, when running the blowers at full capacity, how long does it take to drain the resovoir (assuming temps are cold and you have minimal runoff to replenish it)?

Glenn Lanzalotti said...

The resovoir was full October 1st .I thought it could last a week or two of blowing snow.

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

If we can run absolutely 100% 24 hours a day, we can drain the reservoir in 2+ days. There is some variability because the diversion is continually re-filling the reservoir. We divert water to the reservoir at a small rate and make snow at a much higher rate.

Anonymous said...

did u guys blow snow last night I didn't see a lot more snow?

Anonymous said...

What is the difference between natural snow and man made snow, if any?

Unknown said...

Natural snow has bigger flakes and traps air in between making it fluffy, man made has smaller crystals and doesn't trap air which is why it isn't fluffy, however, if they wanted to, they could make powder snow but it isn't efficient, snowmaking is used to get the base covered as soon as possible with minimal melting, snowmax is sometimes added in to the reservoir to make the snow Crystals bigger before landing.

Matthew Rose said...

Natural snow has bigger flakes and traps air in between making it fluffy, man made has smaller crystals and doesn't trap air which is why it isn't fluffy, however, if they wanted to, they could make powder snow but it isn't efficient, snowmaking is used to get the base covered as soon as possible with minimal melting, snowmax is sometimes added in to the reservoir to make the snow Crystals bigger before landing.

Anonymous said...

Fri am mile-high city: webcam pic looked great, snow pushed close to Black Mtn. Lodge. Awsome Al!

Anonymous said...

I thought Al was on record saying Arapahoe Basin does not use snowmax? Al, can you clarify?