Jiminy has invested almost $300,000 this summer to take our snowmaking capabilities to new heights. It is in our culture to be unrelenting in our pursuit to get better, and it sure is evident here. Our objective was, and is, to provide our guests with the best conditions possible and among the best in the Northeast. Our objectives are clear:
• As soon as weather permits, get more slopes open faster than ever before.
• Continue to build the base depth and top- dress surfaces as needed.
• Be able to quickly recover from inclement weather and improve surface conditions on all open terrain within 1-2 days.
Our revised snowmaking plan enables us to now work with a 5-phase approach to cover over 140 acres for skiing and riding, 3 parks and the race training area, all within 250 hours of snowmaking. If Mother Nature cooperates, based upon the average of snowmaking temperatures before December 26th, this year Jiminy has a very high probability of having over 30 trails open by Christmas.
• We purchased 40 more snow guns and a whole lot of hoses – so that we now have 441 guns and 882 hoses which will cover 39 trails.
• We are able to be even more meticulous in locating the guns to better take advantage of wind direction, slope width and pitch, plus base depth.
Some Fun Facts About Snowmaking:
A man made snow crystal is heavier and denser than a natural snow crystal which is why man made snow can survive a rain storm or warm up better than the snow in your backyard.
It needs to be under 32 degrees (though ideally we like it be around 28) and low humidity to make snow. You know those super cold, clear nights in the winter? Those are our favorite nights for snowmaking.
We make snow for around 600 hours a season between getting the mountain open and then top dressing the trails through the winter.
On a typical night we are running around 90 snow guns but when conditions are just right (on those cold, clear nights) we can run up to 200 guns. Those are the mornings you drive in to Jiminy covered in cloud of snow!
Of course we need water to make snow. That water comes from our reservoirs, the largest of which is located at the summit of the mountain near Zephyr, our wind turbine. That reservoir holds 12 million gallons of water. The Kinderhook reservoir, located at the base of the mountain, holds 6 million gallons of water.
Our summit reservoir allows us to feed the snow guns on the lower third of the mountain via gravity which saves on energy use!
When Zephyr is spinning, it provides all the necessary power we need to make snow.
Typically we empty the summit reservoir of water (which is now snow on the trails) in about 1 week. Sometimes less, sometimes more.
Most importantly snowmaking doesn’t happen by itself. We have a dedicated team of snowmakers and groomers that work into the wee (and very cold) hours of the night to provide us with all the snow we need to enjoy a great day (and night) of skiing and riding.
**NOTE: All snowmaking is dependent on weather conditions and the statements above can vary from time to time conditional on altering conditions**