This past week we had some ungroomed days because we were making snow. I asked our mountain ops dept to explain why and I think they did a good job so I will just cut and paste here.
There are a few reasons not to groom fresh snowmaking snow.
First, we cannot duplicate exactly mother nature with our snowmaking but we do the best we can. The photos of snowflakes Wilson Bentley of Jericho Vt first took in 1925 look more like geodesic crystalline shapes. When we make snow we don’t have the advantage of thousands of feet of freezing time as the moisture falls from the atmosphere. Therefore picture an egg, this is more like the snowmaking snow, frozen on the outer edge but still wet in the center. If we get on this new snow with a grooming cat we break all the eggs and end up with an icy surface of hard snow. Typically we will let new snowmaking sit for 12 to 24 hrs allowing the eggs to freeze through.
This past week we made a lot of new snow, 30 plus million gallons of new eggs freezing up. We chose not to groom immediately knowing the surface will turn out much better for the long run. By Saturday morning we groomed most of all those new snowmaking areas.
I hope that helps Diane. I can tell you we are not understaffed or “cutting back” in grooming. It is just a different year and we are trying to respond to the snow to provide enjoyable surfaces that will last.
And if you see that we are missing trails, let me know.]]>