Making Snow

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Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:42 pm

Thursday, September 25, 2014
With near record warm temperatures, making snow has been out of the question.
But, it appears that next week a change is in store for Colorado.
Highs in the 40's and lows in the 20's are forecast for next week at A-Basin.
Loveland says they will start making snow on Saturday and I'm sure A-Basin will begin soon in order to be in the race for first opening.
Copper will probably start blowing snow shortly, since it has early season race training. The public opening is scheduled for October 31st.
3,000 people on one white ribbon of death. Is that a trick or a treat?
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Re: Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:04 am

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Yesterday's storms brought snow to the higher peaks.
Looks like winter at A-Basin on the web cams this morning.
The excelerator cam at Copper shows the snow guns going at the top of the mountain for early race training.
Haven't seen any snowmaking at A-Basin or Loveland yet.
One more snow event tomorrow and then the temps rise and the sun returns.
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Re: Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:52 pm

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The moisture left over from Hurricane Simon will meet with a cold front from the North over Colorado today.
Winter storm warnings are in effect with the potential for 4 to 6 inches on the higher peaks tonight.
The next few nights should be cold enough to resume snowmaking.
Copper is scheduled to open for race training on Copperopolis on October 18.
For the rest of us, the official opening is October 31.
I'm sure Loveland or A-Basin will be open before then.
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Re: Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:59 pm

Wednesday October 15, 2014,
A-Basin announced a Friday opening.
With nothing but blue skies and warm temperatures forecast for the next 10 days, it might be an early opening but it certainly won't be an epic opening.
Our cold and snowy weekend allowed A-Basin to make a bunch of snow aided by about 6 inches of natural snow.
Loveland might try to sneak in with an earlier opening for bragging rights.
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Re: Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:41 am

Saturday. November 8, 2014
Copper and Keystone opened yesterday to the public while Breckenridge postponed its opening until next week.
There are now four Colorado resorts open for the season.
The more summer-like weather that Colorado has been having has taken a toll on early openings.
Despite Copper being open, it has suffered in its race training. By now the east side of Copper usually has a top to bottom course open that many international teams use.
The bottom of the course is still grass.
There have been many cancellations like the Austrian team that saw no reason to come to Colorado when they have 3 feet of natural snow at home.
Next week, cold temperatures arrive which will make snow making more effective and hopefully allow Copper to get its race training back on track.
Don't see any major snowstorms in the near future but we can hope.
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Re: Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:51 am

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Winter has arrived in Colorado.
The rather brisk -14 low last night for Denver didn't reach the ski areas.
The super cold temps stopped at the Front Range but the ski areas got something better, snow.
The four open areas reported 5 to 9 inches of new.
Another storm is starting today and most of the areas will benefit with up to 20 inches in some locations.
There is still only very limited terrain open but hopefully that will change soon.
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Re: Making Snow

Postby rondo320 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:38 pm

November 25, 2014
Well, it's not Buffalo but the snow totals at Copper in the last two weeks have been about the same but much more welcome here.
The last two weeks have been some of the best winter weather to have ever hit Copper in November.
As of this morning, over 5 feet of snow in November was reported but since this morning almost a 1 and 1/2 feet of new has fallen with more on the way.
Mine Dump was superb and I-Dropper and Little Burn are developing having been open just a few days ago.
Don't count on the Super Bee being open because only privileged ski racers are allowed to use it. Use the Center Village lifts for access to terrain.
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