A Snow Making Thread
A discussion of useless pods on another thread transitioned into some snowmaking issues
We've got a number of people on SJ who have been snowmakers and others who are curious.
To those who know, please confirm or dispel the following things I've heard and in some cases, just an answer to the question:
1. Making snow in large and deep whales is good early season, in that it self-insulates if there is a meltdown.
2. Making snow in large and deep whales is expensive mid-season because it takes a lot of groomer-power to push out the whales (and running a groomer to do so costs between $150 and $200 per hour).
3. Major features in most parks are made of snow rather than soil covered by snow. The location of features migrates and makes it easier (and safer for the tiller) if everything being moved, is snow.
4. What % of the water/snow actually makes it to the trail (as opposed to spontaneously evaporating or going into the woods). I am aware this can vary greatly with humidity, temperature, wind direction and even the width of the trail - but these factors should not preclude a ball-park estimate.
Please add any other questions or answers to snowmaking issues that you might think of.