Cold temperatures are holding out through mid-day on Thursday morning giving us an uninterrupted snowmaking streak. Over the last 88+ hours, we have made enough snow to blanket 32 football fields in 5.5 feet of powder – that’s one for every team in the NFL.
Summit snowmaking, November 6.
As the temps start to rise today, we will gradually shut down the majority of the guns while honing in on some key areas and fully taking advantage of any snowmaking temps until the last minute.
Our new snow will stay in piles for now now and allow the water to leech out. In addition, leaving the snow in piles will act as an insulation barrier as a method of preservation for the mild spell of weather forecasted for this weekend and into next week. In the meantime, we watch the forecasts with close attention for the next round of snowmaking weather.
As explained by Mike Quinn, ideal snowmaking occurs when wet-bulb temperatures are in the mid to high teens and low 20’s.
"Wet bulb temperature is a measurement that combines ambient air temp with the percentage of humidity. Dry air (less humidity) is best for snowmaking. Think “powder” - it has very little water content. With lower humidity, we are able to produce snow at higher temps. When more humidity is added, a lower ambient temperature is required to freeze the water particles."For this most recent round of snowmaking, for example, we saw air temperatures in the 28-25 degree range and humidity between 50 and 75%, for wet bulb temps between 15 and 25 degrees. That's what we'll be looking for again as we prepare for more early season snowmaking!
Our sights are set on an opening day of November 21 and we want you to join us for just $29! Only 200 $29 lift tickets for Opening Day, November 21 - find out more here, or check out the Launch Pass for unlimited early season skiing and riding for $99.