Snow at Snowbowl

El Nino has begun to show us he intends to make a grand showing this winter!  The recent storm of 4 to 6” provided a beautiful sight with Aspen leaves still in prime color.  We anticipate another storm later this week that is forecasted to be colder with more accumulation.

Our snowmaking team has been very busy getting ready for cold nights. Good snow making weather is a combination of temperature and humidity; the drier the air the more snow we can make.  The fan guns are in place and ready.  We have guns at different locations and elevations on the slopes so we are able to make snow where the cold pockets may be.

Our construction crews are very busy wrapping up projects.  As much as the snow is welcomed it does make it difficult for crews to move around the mountain. Ridge snowmaking is complete, trail widening on Lower Ridge, Stump Patch, and Phoenix is complete with some final grading to finish.  Trail work continues with glading, mowing grass, and rock removal projects scattered across the ski area.  The new Humphrey Peak chairlift is going great!  The Skytrac crew was amazing installing the towers and haul rope. The drive terminal should arrive in a couple of weeks, and final grading of terminals and constructing the lift attendant huts are in progress.  We are in the midst of installing snowmaking on the trails near the top of the lift.  Humphreys lift should be ready by mid December as projected.

More seasonal employees are returning to work each day converting the lodges from summer to winter; receiving merchandise; tuning skis; completing lift, vehicle and facility maintenance; and preparing for opening day on Nov 20.  We begin our management training this week, job fair is Oct 28, followed by a robust schedule of employee orientation and training schedules.  The pace at the ski is definitely fast and full of optimism and anticipation for what should be a great season.

Enjoy the beautiful sight of the snow on the Peaks while Aspen leaves continue to fall.  Winter is very close.

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