Thursday, January 18, 2007

Why, oh why, we shut the snowguns off.

Alllright. Wondering why we shut off the guns? After talking to the snowmaking department, here's what I have:

1. It is 30 degrees. Because we have such incredible conditions today (I'll vouch for that! Video coming soon!) the snowmaking crew doesn't want to jeopardize what we have down. It is too warm to blow snow, especially with the sunlight, and expect it to stick.

2. We ARE spreading out. We opened Upper Crossover and a few other areas today. Try to take into consideration that the people who make the snow you ski on have been working here for 20, 25, 30 years. They know what they're doing.

3. We have wind issues today. South and east winds are blowing the snow off the trails...everything is very windswept. If we blow, it won't hit the trails.

4. Our guns will be off for less than 24 hours!

You cannot possibly compare each area's snowmaking techniques. Windham may be dealing with different winds and temperatures, even though they are only 15 minutes north. The conditions out there are excellent. You should all be skiing, in awe of how fantastic the snow is.

Thank you, and have a wonderful day!


Anonymous said...

Thank You Jessica!!!!!!
Hit the slopes people!!!
Let the snowmakers do their jobs and you do yours, ride!
Season's Short, Ride Hard!
:D Keep Smiling :D

Jessica said...

It's so nice to see happy comments in this blog. It is so amazing out there today...if I didn't have to work, you'd have to drag me off the slopes!

Get your skis, board or whatever and GET OUT THERE everyone!

richt said...


Nathan said...

Question: (obviously there may not be a simple answer here) How high do winds have to be for Hunter to put lifts on wind-hold? I'd like to come up on Saturday, but I heard it's supposed to be very windy and I'm afraid the lifts might be put on hold due to the high winds. Any thoughts?? Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Looks a whole hell of a lot better than Bell did last time I was up (it's been TEN DAYS since I've been up :o)

Shmuga said...

I skiied hunter yesterday, after 11:30 most of the trails were great, had a blast.

Wayout needs a bit of work tho.