Kelly’s Blog: Fan of the Fans

Seeing is believeing so I will let the photos do most of the talking.  Let’s just say, 24 hours into our full-on assault and the fan guns are delivering!

Tuesday, Nov 12 at 7:15 am. Bottom of Canyon. Let’s get this party started!

I am a big fan of Before and After shots.  Above is your before, taken yesterday.  Below is your after, taken 15 minutes ago.  You be the judge.

24 hours later – Wed, Nov 13 at 8:30 am. Bottom of Canyon.

Wed, 11/13. Another shot taken at the bottom of Canyon at 8:30 am.

I brought my ruler along to get some readings and quickly found out that I brought the wrong tool.

This spot on Canyon was well over a foot. Should have brought the yardstick – rookie error!

So I improvised.

As you can see, that stick is pretty tall – about 28 inches.

As good as the fan guns are, it is not consistently 2 or 3 ft deep out there. As you can see in this photo, the waterbars** will be our biggest challenge.

We have some decent whales that formed overnight and those will get groomed out to provide snow back to the lift.

View toward Beaver looking plentiful.

Once Randy (in charge of snowmaking) and Dave (in charge of Mountain Operations) come off the hill with an evaluation we will be able to decide if we have enough to open.  We have about 24 hours left until we lose temps so this will be an all out sprint race. Stay tuned and rest assured that as soon as we know, you’ll know!!!

 

** definition of water bar:  We build a a series of water bars (trench) at intervals along the hill so that when it rains the erosive water flowing down the hill is reduced. Without water bars we would have washouts and erosion. Water bars are good and necessary but a pain in the butt to fill with snow early season.  Skiing at high speeds and hitting a water bar is not much fun, either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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