The commencement of snowmaking coincides with a new and natural blanket of snow that varied from 3-5 inches on both sides of Loveland Pass. Loveland Ski Area’s SnowCam showed five inches of new snow piling up there overnight.
Arapahoe Basin reports three inches of snow measured at its mid-mountain weather station. The temperature at mid-mountain around 6 this morning was 15 degrees F, providing excellent snowmaking conditions.
“The guns were cranked up late last night, around 11, and will probably continue to blow snow until the sun fully rises. As far as projections for this weekend, if the temps drop again sufficiently tonight (beneath a wet bulb temp of 28 degrees F), then we’ll get them cranking again,” says Adrienne Saia Isaac, marketing and communications manager for Arapahoe Basin. “Opening day could be very soon, but it depends on how the weather treats us. We aim for a skiable 18” base on High Noon. Once we determine we have that, we start turning the chair.”
Once there is sufficient snow coverage on High Noon, A-Basin will turn its guns to the adjacent intermediate run, Ramrod.
There’s no word yet on whether or not Loveland Ski Area fired up its guns, though the Countdown to Snowmaking at Loveland’s website says the countdown is complete. Stay tuned for more news on snowmaking operations and their progress as we inch ever closer to the start of the 2013-2014 ski season. In the meantime, let the race to first to open in Colorado begin!