I’ve never been much of a morning person, but walking out of the house into a sunny and crisp winter day in the mountains is hard to beat. And this morning had an added surprise: the sound of snowmaking on the mountain.
Watching snowflakes fall from the sky has always filled me with joy. Steamboat has seen snow high on the mountain a few times during the past six weeks, but the first flakes fell in the base area yesterday. Seeing the snow guns firing adds another layer of excitement. Ski season is just around the corner.
With overnight temperatures in the 20s, ski areas across Colorado were blowing snow this morning. Loveland and A-Basin are scheduled to open Thursday, and Sunday River and Killington Resort opened last week on the East Coast. Killington announced its opening day with the best snowmaking video ever (and also inspired the title of this blog).
Snowmaking technology has advanced so much in recent years that we can make more snow using less energy and water as well as run the guns during a wider range of temperatures and conditions. Steamboat invests in its snowmaking system annually, adding new pipe, 32 tower guns and two fan guns to its arsenal this year.
I love the idea that winter starts when we say so. As soon as low temperatures arrive, ski areas across the country start building their snow bases for opening day. And after 10 winters in Steamboat, I know that Mother Nature always shows up, too.
Opening Day is scheduled for Nov. 25.
Nicole Miller, social media specialist