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  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    ski_it said:

    On another note Squaw Valley is reporting 139" at the base and 254" on the summit. X_X

    The last thing I want to hear, especially when the snowfall forecast for Northern Vermont was just downgraded.
  • TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
    Posts: 383

    Snow Business: Wachusett's Snowmaking
    Investment Pays Dividends

    Wachusett has
    pulled off a remarkable snowmaking effort.

    By Chris Dehnel (Patch
    Staff) 
    - 
    March 11, 2017 1:00
    am ET 





    Snow Business: Wachusett's Snowmaking Investment Pays Dividends

     

     

     

     

    PRINCETON, MA — Wachusett has
    pulled off something remarkable that may have savaged its season, thanks to a
    major snowmaking investment that certainly paid dividends this week.

    Hold that thought, while the stage
    is set. Monday was simply stellar, one of those March days that skiers and
    snowboarders just crave. Te day started off at 17 degrees, which means the snow
    not mush to begin the day.

    By late morning, it was in the
    low-40s and the snow right before lunch was soft and downright enjoyable.

    "It's a great day out
    there," Wachusett president Jeff Crowley said.

    When Crowley and another member of
    Wachusett's founding family were asked what they were saying four days earlier,
    they were truly at a loss for words. Carolyn Crowley Stimpson then managed to
    make a emoji-like frowny face that essentially summed things up.

    With temperatures near 70 and rain
    one day, Wachusett officials were facing a disaster. The snow was running off
    the mountain into the reservoir across the street and, as one Wawa regular said
    on the lift Monday, "Things were crap."

    Then, the temperatures turned cold
    again and Wachusett's $2 million worth of upgrades to the snowmaking system
    were kicked into high gear. Part of the upgrade was doubling the output
    capacity to more than 8,000 gallons per minute, which meant two trails could be
    covered with a foot of snow overnight.

    Longtime Wachusett Marketing
    Director Tom Meyers said he could not remember seeing so much snow made the
    first week of March. Whatever happened produced a weekday reverie on a bed of
    soft snow that allowed people to toss their concerns aside and just ski.

    "It's just perfect,"
    another longtime Wachusett skier said.

    She was right.

    "It was a great effort on the
    part of our snowmaking team," Jeff Crowley said.

    The bottom line is that Wachusett's
    snowmaking has been great over the past several years, but it took time to
    build a slope. With the increased capacity, Wachusett is now close to the big
    hills to the north in terms of how much snow can be made.

    All eyes are now on a powerful
    storm system that could turn into a nor'easter and dump snow on the region
    Tuesday. If that happens, Wachusett could be back to mid-season form in
    Mid-March. Even if it does not dump, conditions will still be good for this
    time of year.

    And it is a great time of year. Try
    Wachusett this spring. The trip, just about 90 minutes from Hartford, will be
    worth it.

    Chris Dehnel is a
    Patch editor and past-president of the North American Snowsports Journalists
    Association. His Snow Business column appears regularly during the season.

    http://patch.com/connecticut/vernon/snow-business-wachusetts-snowmaking-ivestment-pays-dividends

  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    Looks like the Green Mountains and other Northern New England higher summits are in the bull's eye of the storm. Seems like there may be no more snowmaking this season if the 2-3 feet deliver.
  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
    Posts: 599
    As my boss used to say: "The big gun is on now".... tomorrow and Thursday will be tremendous, and later today as well, if you can get to the hills
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
    Posts: 282

    As my boss used to say: "The big gun is on now".... tomorrow and Thursday will be tremendous, and later today as well, if you can get to the hills

    I'm in the office in Burlington, VT now and it's not looking like traveling on the highway is a good idea. It's snowing sideways and starting to pile up quickly. Public transportation is shutting down in the next few hours. 
  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
    Posts: 599
    Heaviest snow due in between 3 and 7 pm...has been dumping steadily in CVT since 8 am. Have to be at least 6" on the slopes by now (noon). MRG opening the whole mountain tomorrow, which is a good sign  :D
  • DrJeffDrJeff advanced
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    mtsnow123 said:

    Looks like the Green Mountains and other Northern New England higher summits are in the bull's eye of the storm. Seems like there may be no more snowmaking this season if the 2-3 feet deliver.

    Killington has already announced that after the storm, the guns on Superstar will be turned back on Thursday! They're seemingly REALLY committed to making it to June this season!
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    DrJeff said:

    mtsnow123 said:

    Looks like the Green Mountains and other Northern New England higher summits are in the bull's eye of the storm. Seems like there may be no more snowmaking this season if the 2-3 feet deliver.

    Killington has already announced that after the storm, the guns on Superstar will be turned back on Thursday! They're seemingly REALLY committed to making it to June this season!
    Great news to hear!
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