Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Skinny: Weather, Conditions, Snowmaking, etc.

I know you guys are hitting refresh way too many times per day, so I am posting this before I originally intended to. Here's the deal on what's coming up...

1. We have one more day of sub-par weather...after which, it's going to get cold. We're looking at single digit nighttime lows hovering around zero starting Monday night and continuing through the week. Temperatures will have highs in the 20's for the week. National Weather Service is showing snow in the forecast, too.

2. We're going to start blowing snow again tomorrow night, and run the guns throughout the week. We will do our best to keep everyone updated as to what's going on with snowmaking, and with snowfall, which leads me to another major point...

3. Most of you who have been skiing and riding here for years know that what Accuweather is telling you it's doing here may not always be true, as is the case with NOAA/National Weather Service, Precision and Weather.com. These forecasts rarely take inversions and other altitude-related things into consideration.

This makes it difficult for people to know what's going on -- I would suggest calling the SnowPhone and speaking to the operator if you have doubts about what you are seeing. We do our best to inform people as to what's really happening on the mountaintop, but take into consideration that it is not doing what the websites say. Just a thought. As far as which service is most accurate, in my opinion, NOAA/National Weather Service is the closest you'll get.

4. In any event, we are hoping to open snowtubing on Saturday, January 20. With the temps we are seeing, things are looking good. We have been told that this time, mid-January to be exact, is going to be the turning point, where winter becomes WINTER. Put-on-your-boots-and-bust-out-your-shovel winter. So get ready, people.

Hope this helped, I will be online as usual to answer any questions.

8 comments:

Mitch said...

I'm trying to decide wether not to go up tommrow.. do you think its going to be very icy? I have all week to go up, so i may wait for the better snowy days, But what is your opinion about tommrow?

Jessica said...

It's wet now. Wet granular, loose granular. By the morning it will be frozen at the summit, and probably starting mid-way down Hellgate it will be icy and slushy. Temps aren't dropping very low tonight...low enough to freeze the top. That's about it. I can't sit here and tell you not to come, but let's put it this way......Tuesday will be better!

halley said...

getting hunter's season pass was probably the best investment i have ever made (my new board a close second)... i usually always have pass to creek, but considering they could re-open the waterpark, i havent even picked it up yet. Ive gone riding 14 times so far this season, all at hunter, and i definitely would be broke by now.

i can't wait for this week's cold weather! winter's finally here!

Jessica said...

Hey again Halley,

Stop by and say hi next time you are here. Hope you got my e-mail!

halley said...

I would love to stop by and meet the face behind the blog, but.... I don't exactly know where to haha and alot of people where black boots.. so thats not really a tip off either.

Jessica said...

I'm in the marketing office. It's the next office east of the Demo Center (which is next to the Retail Shop). Not too hard to find...there's a sign out front that says Marketing/Group Sales.

Mitch said...

So any updated info on snow making? :)

Anonymous said...

geez mitch take it easy.. its gonna get cold, and they're gonna make snow.. no need to badger