The ski season has begun early this year with both Killington and Sunday River operating on limited terrain. How is it even possible for a mountain to open for skiing and riding in mid-October, with only a dusting of natural snowfall?
The answer is simple. The “art” of snowmaking has become a science. Early season snowmaking requires more than just cold. Ski resorts in the Northeast have been making massive investments in the infrastructure and control systems necessary to build and sustain base depths that allow for seasons that stretch from October to May. Our region leads the world in snowmaking technology and its application.
The application of the technology comes down to the resort’s operations team and their snowmaking crews. Even after chilly nights arrive in New England, op’s teams have to evaluate conditions within different micro-climates on the mountain, conditions based on the ideal wet-bulb temperature, which accounts for humidity, as well as ground and water temperatures. Then there's the snowmaking crews, the work horses of the operation, lunging heavy hoses and guns around the mountain in extreme temperatures and conditions all winter long. Next time you’re skiing or riding, remember to thanks the crews that make it happen.
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