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Snowmakers and Warm Weather

What do they do when they're not making snow?

Author: Jim/Friday, December 11, 2015/Categories: Blog

Exciting News About Snowmaking This Winter!!

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Just exactly what does Team Snowmageddon do when they aren’t making snow?

Well, they have NOT had a lot of time to rest!

The snowmakers have been on RED ALERT getting “more ready”. Cleaning; Fixing; Greasing and what not. Doing everything they can think of to be ready to make snow faster and better than ever before! 

The night crew has been standing by every night just in case the temperature drops. They have been working to complete a never ending project list.

During our first (and only) snowmaking stint this year we have established a process to start up our massive system in 85 minutes. That includes 158 snow guns, 2 air compressors and at least 6 water pumps delivering 4,600 gallons of water per minute!

We intend to streamline it even further. We want to do it in less time and make it to our goal of over 170 snow guns, delivering over 5,000 gallons of water per minute!

This process of the Snowmageddon SledgeHammer means that we will make the equivalent of 1 ½ feet of snow over 1 acre of terrain, in 1 hour! It is truly amazing to see the amount of terrain we can cover and open in a very short time frame. Great news considering we are only getting very short time frames.  What’s up with that this winter anyway?!

In past years, the snowmaking system maxed out at 3,400 gallons per minute. Do the math….that’s almost a 50% increase in the amount of water being turned into snow.  On top of that, the snowmakers are bustin their backs to reduce the start up time to under an hour.  To Team Snowmageddon that means more snow on the slopes, in less time. To our guests it means more acres of open terrain with deeper base depths. 

So the crews have been doing a lot of things but getting extra ZZZZZ’s is not one of them.


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