MAKING SNOW
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Facts

Here are some of the facts behind what it takes for us to have optimum snow production:

- The wet bulb temperature must be < 23°F

- Winds must be < 5 MPH

- Water temperature from our dry well is usually 52°F, but the temperature can drop to 40°F by time it follows above ground piping to the snow gun.

- We have made snow up to 36°F when the humidity was very low.

- When the temperature drops below 10 degrees the heat from the water makes the plume from the snowgun steam.

- Evaporation, drift, and failure to crystalize are issues that we must constantly account for. We adjust air flow, water flow, and gun positioning to combat these effects

- Each snowgun is monitored throughout the snowmaking process and is typically repositioned every 15 minutes.

- Temperature inversions on the hill can make the base area up to 10 degrees cooler than the summit.

- We can make 3 different kinds of snow by adjusting the air/water ratio at each gun; base (wet), granular, or powder.

- Winds are a major factor especially when making snow above midstation.

- Our system is custom designed, scalable to utilize our own in house developed Peak "P" series snowguns, as well as a Ratnik Baby Snow Giant X-2 or a K-2000. All of which can operate using lower pressures.