Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Couple Decent Nights

We have had a couple of decent nights of snowmaking on the Upper Mountain. It hasn't been near as cold as last week, but we have made a little progress. The weekend looks so-so for temperatures. We will have to see how that goes. Maybe starting Tuesday night, we will see colder temps again.


Snowmaking on the way to Lenawee Lift

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Next Steps - Snowmaking

The snowmakers have moved their equipment to the Upper Mountain. Physically moving all the guns, hoses, cords, and hydrants takes some time. Their next objectives are to get Lenawee Face, Dercum's Gulch and Lenawee Mountain Lift open. Prior to last year, our next snowmaking objective after High Noon had been Ramrod. Last year, we saved Ramrod for later and went straight to the Summit. We liked that so much, we are doing it again.

Enjoy the photos of Upper Mountain snowmaking grooming from November 2019.



 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Corduroy And Rails

 Sunday will be fun with some fresh corduroy and a couple of fun rails.





Friday, October 15, 2021

Snowcat Time

The Snowmakers have done their part. Now it is time for the snowcats. Today Scott and Dorse came in and started pushing the snow around on High Noon.  The cat drivers (operators) have some more work to do during the day Saturday. They will be in again Sunday morning before we open to craft the finishing touches. I walked down the trail this afternoon. With the beautiful work by both teams, we are going to have one heck of an opening Sunday. 




Thursday, October 14, 2021

A-Basin Opens Sunday

Arapahoe Basin will open for the season this Sunday, October 17. Black Mountain Express will be running and skiers and riders can cruise High Noon. We just might have a few features in the Banana Terrain Park. These are exciting times. It is so fun to get chairlifts spinning again. I can't wait to see all of your smiling faces on the hill.



Creatures Of The Night

The snowmakers are working 24/7 these days. They are making good snow during the day and they are making incredible snow at night. It takes a special creature to make snow all night. This morning the wet bulb temperature was down to 12F. The forecast has come true and this has been an exceptional week of snowmaking. Stay tuned for more details.


 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Skipped A Night

We skipped snowmaking last night. The temperatures were so-so. We could have made a little snow, but chose to delay to conserve water. The forecast still looks great the next few days. Water is not unlimited. We chose to skip the small snowmaking opportunity and save the water  for the big opportunity coming today. Later today we will turn the guns back on. We should have an excellent session.

The photo below is from yesterday morning.


 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Another Great Night

The Snowmakers had another great night. They have made substantial progress on High Noon. Conditions this evening look so-so, but beginning Tuesday night, the forecast for snowmaking looks really good the rest of the week. Good enough, that I am getting a little excited.