We stand in wait at the base area. It’s early in the night and we’re watching big wet snowflakes fall quietly from the sky. Monitoring the forecast like hawks, my new crew emphasizes that current temperatures hovering at 2pF-30F are “iffy” and not quite ideal for snowmaking.
I’m told the highest quality man made flakes are blown right around 20 degrees wet bulb…
Tonight I’m on call with Cannonsburg snowmaker Aaron Teesdale and we are experiencing a snowmakers dilemma.
Personally, I have always had a fascination with snow and snowmaking. Maybe it’s my inner-geek and analytical personality that draws me toward the science of snow. Why it does what it does – how it is created, and how do we make it versus Mother Nature?
Having been a skier my entire life and growing up within 15 minutes of a major ski area in Michigan, I know what late November means for many. It brings the anticipation of ski season. We’re all anxious to get on the hill and make the first few turns or session the latest park features. What many of us don’t do, myself included, is take a step back and really understand what’s involved in getting a ski resort open.
A massive amount of snow, perfectly manicured runs and progressive terrain parks are something we’ve all come to expect from a resort. These are the stories of those whose hard work and dedication make it all possible.
Snow Jobs – Episode 1: Snowmaking with Aaron Teesdale
Thank you to MiSkiReport team member Christian Lefley for assisting.