snowmaking hampered by warm, wet weather
Express Staff Writer
rain and warm temperatures arenít helping Sun Valley Co.ís snowmaking
efforts on Bald Mountain.
man-made snow visible from Ketchum on Upper College and Flying Squirrel is
the product of only two nights work, Sun Valley snowmaking director Peter
had a very productive night on Oct. 24, and then on Oct. 25, we had kind
of a marginal night."
this weekís rain and warm weather is beginning to melt the man-made
above 45 or 50 degrees during the day, we start going backwards,"
would not try to predict how much terrain Sun Valley might have open by
the Thanksgiving day opener.
only one productive day under our belt, and Thanksgiving five days earlier
than normal this year, and it being warm and rainy outside, Iím not
going to make any predictions this early," he said.
artificial snow at Sun Valley is produced by a computerized snowmaking
system. The resortís 544 high-powered nozzles spew frigid snow on 645
acres of the mountain .
typically starts running well in advance of the traditional opening of the
ski mountain on Thanksgiving Day.
turbine pumps and compressors at three main cooling towers on the mountain
fire hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per hour. By laying down a
coat of snow on Baldy, Sun Valley spokesman Jack Sibbach said the resort
could ensure skiers that most of the 9,150-foot high mountain would be
open on time even if natural snowfall is poor.