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Thanksgiving Harvest

25 November
Categories : Mountain Ops
Posted by Scott Pressly

With the recent snow this week, we were able to begin some of our harvesting techniques. Each year during the start of winter, we harvest our piles of snow after plowing the lot. The first few snows of the season are plowed off the edge of the lot in order to clean the surface. Subsequent snowfalls are then collected and transferred slope-side. This additional supply helps to build up our base layer around the lodge and lift loading areas.

The mountain is getting closer with each one of these storms that have rolled through in October and November. In order to get the ski area open, we are really looking for either a more significant storm event or a pattern where several smaller systems (like the one over the last few days) continue to roll through. Our weather pattern over the last 6-8 weeks has seemed to be a few inches of snow followed by a week (or more) of dry weather. Give thanks for what we have so far and hope for more!

Pile of snow in the lot
Loader dumping snow near the base of Tumbelina lift
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