SNOW CANNONS FIRED UP IN USA
5th October 2016
It’s a sure sign that winter is on its way as a couple of resorts start pumping out snow and others are testing their equipment. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED
Loveland in Colorado was first out of the blocks.
The resort has been testing them recently and now the temperatures have dropped and the conditions improved the go button has been pushed.
“We will keep going as long as the weather permits, and we are prepared to run 24-hours a day if Mother Nature deems it possible. Ideally, we’re looking for a wet bulb temperature of 28 degrees or lower. That means, not only do temps need to be below freezing, but the humidity should be low as well,” said a statement from the resort.
And so it has proved to be.
Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado still have an annual battle to see which resort can open first.
It has been going on for years – see here for one a report from October 8th 2009!
One or other used to be the first to open in the USA but now another area usually takes the title as they open one small slope or have a rail jam in their fun park.
The two resorts in Colorado are still usually the first to open a top to bottom run.
Loveland says it hopes to open mid to late October.
It is safe to assume Arapahoe Basin will be firing up its cannons shortly as conditions are set to remain good.
But at the moment in Arapahoe Basin it’s getting some snow the old fashioned way:
Last year, both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin started running their lifts on October 29th.
Copper Mountain in Colorado is on it as well.
Copper Mountain has also turned some of its cannons on and is aiming to open at 9am on November 11th.
Here at PlanetSKI we’ll keep you posted…
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