It’s still early in the season and the only limited sections of the mountain are open. We’re pretty much confined to the bottom of the hill for now. It’s fine of course, we’re having a blast and still figuring out which muscles are going to get sore first and how long our day can last. We’re way out of skiing shape. The base is at 9000 ft, so we’ll just blame the altitude.
We’ve had several days of snow, but the crews here are still making the white stuff day and night as long as it’s cold enough. the more they can make, the sooner the full mountain will open.
The machines seem simple, but interesting. Some are huge blowers creating a coflow around a giant atomizer, while others are just big spray nozzles (usually farther up the mountain). Pumping (and resourcing) all the water up the mountain, keeping it from freezing in the hose, icing up the spray tip, etc seems like a non-trivial task. There’s a sizable crew making sure it’s all working and constantly moving it all around. I assume someone has done a cost-benefit analysis and decided it’s all worth the effort.
Enough snow will fall on it’s own, eventually – we’ve got time.