Last night delivered well below freezing temps to the high country of Colorado, giving Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area the chance to fire up their snow-guns for the first time of the 18/19 season. We don’t know about the rest of you skiers and riders but we’re sick of summer over here.
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Our snowmaking team set up their newest fan gun yesterday, complete with “winter camo” paint job, plus an onboard weather station that calculates temperature and humidity. This means the fan gun can respond in real time to changing weather conditions. Some of the benefits of automation are improved snow quality, increased snow production and higher energy efficiency. We’re a little extra nerdy about this stuff, but isn’t it cool?! 🤓 #ABasin #Colorado #BringOnWinter
Arapahoe Basin’s all-knowing Al’s Blog indicated that, “the wet bulb temperature got down to 25F for about six hours,” allowing them to test the snowguns. “The objective is to be fully ready when we get that 36 hour period of temperatures in the teens,” said the Arapahoe Basin GM in his blog post.
A-Basin and Loveland are currently eyeing a mid-Oct opening but you never know. A big early season snowfall or lack thereof could change that for the positive or negative, depending.
Find the entire update on Al’s Blog: September Snow