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Killington done making snow on large scale? Who in the northeast IS NOT?!

post #1 of 14
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Skied two days at Killington this past weekend - GOOD TIMES!

But a Killington employee told me they are done making snow on a large scale this year - that they rent compressors required to make it and "already sent them back".

So which mountains will make as much snow as possible for as long as possible?

THAT'S where I will be going.
post #2 of 14

I was at K-Mart yesterday and conditions were quite nice.  However, with a warm front and rain moving in...they may want to rethink that (unless they just don't care).

 

-Smarty

post #3 of 14

There's a thread on this topic here:  http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php?t=107432

post #4 of 14

Mount Snow is not only blowing snow but has expanded terrain (ripcord, and a couple other north face trails (some natural, some snowmaking) as well as resurfacing about 1/3 of open terrain toward the end of last week. when its cold enough they will blow.  They are really big on snow quality.  Rumor is they already blew their snow making budget and dont really care.

post #5 of 14

This is always when they stop.  Jiminy Peak is done, as in years past.

 

They will resurface with grooming.

 

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Originally Posted by skisalot View Post
when its cold enough they will blow. 


not for long

 

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This is always when they stop.  Jiminy Peak is done, as in years past.

 

They will resurface with grooming.

 


 

Define "resurface".

 

Does that just imply moving already thin cover around to patch really bad areas?
 

 

post #8 of 14
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What exactly does resurface mean? Do they make snow for that or merely spread out already thin cover?
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not for long

 


They are trying to make it until Beginning/mid April (have a bunch of big events planned) so my guess is they will be blowing when they can at least through the end of February. 

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Define "resurface".

 

Does that just imply moving already thin cover around to patch really bad areas?
 

 

 

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Originally Posted by twochordcool View Post

What exactly does resurface mean? Do they make snow for that or merely spread out already thin cover?


I hate to keep linking AlpineZone, but someone from Killington shared this.

 

President's Day is the typical cut off for Eastern snowmaking, however this hasn't been a typical winter.  Barring an exceptional reversal of fortune, most mountains will have to make snow at least until the beginning of March if they want to make their targeted close dates.

 

post #11 of 14
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Define "resurface".

 

Does that just imply moving already thin cover around to patch really bad areas?
 

 

That means grooming the existing surface and inch or two deep to make a nice edge-able skiing surface.  No snowmaking.  A well groomed surface can be a lot of fun, but it needs to be refreshed with snowmaking over time.  In the spring that is not done.  They resurface and/or let the sun take care of it.

 

I think Killington may continue to make snow on a few trails.  But for the most part they are done.
 

 

post #12 of 14

Pretty sure Stowe is done. That's how it's done, you bury it deep as quick as you can. When it's buried, you stop blowing and rely on grooming.

post #13 of 14

From Mount Snow for those non-believers:

"We continue to make snow when the opportunities present themselves to resurface open terrain and make sure we (still) have the best snow surface around."

 

post #14 of 14

What ever... won't matter.  We're all goin down.

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