eight to eight.

Sometimes it’s too easy to get lost in the long hours of snowmaking. Juggling a twelve hour shift seven days a week with any length of commute back to home life or en route to the next job, for time spent with family and friends, or to enjoy a decent meal before sleep and the alarm sounds again. What we compromise is the play that brought us here in the first place: skiing and riding. What we hold is the magic that keeps us coming back: making snow.

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A haze of snow across the slopes.

From a very young age, I knew this mountain as a second home. The feeling of connection and calm that a deep breath of this mountain air subsides. The opportunity of exploration and adventure within miles and miles of forested acreage and sloped terrain. The open sky and bird’s eye view atop the summit of Challenge. The beauty of streaming water, like splayed fountains, that form the village of frozen castles adorned with dribbled icicles along the backside of the school hill pond. The smell of machine exhaust and sweat on papa miser’s clothes after a long day on the slopes, boots wet, eyes tired.

Still today, that feeling continues. What each of us appreciates about our second home is personal and unique, and plays its own role of inspiration that keeps us coming back.

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Frozen village forms along pond 1 that sources water for snowmaking. 

Now, we’re in the thick of it. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Two full crews, shifts set around the clock, blowing snow, grooming trails, slopes officially open seven days a week. Our bodies are adjusting. Our families are forgiving, as we run this race in a sprint to open as many trails as quickly as possible while the temperatures lay low.

 

We tune in to weather reports and forecasts, and follow wind direction to determine gun direction and what trails to blow snow. Last night, temperatures fell to single-digits and the cold front, as anticipated, pushed temperature inversions off the summit crest. New misers are learning the trails and operations routine. Guns are fired up across the slopes with heavy concentration on automated system trails to take advantage of new technology, efficiency, and quicker trail openings.

 

Trails open:
  • Vista
  • Midway
  • Come Around
  • Lower Main Street
  • Lazy Mile
  • Upper Main Street
  • Connector
  • Summit School Hill
Tomorrow, we open Burma Road.

 

Again, we thank Mother Nature as we continue blowing snow and making magic. We invite you to join us, and enjoy the show.

See you on the slopes, every day,

the snowmisers

dump-em-out

 

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2 thoughts on “eight to eight.

  1. Thank you snow misers for creating those wonderful trails and keeping them snow-covered and groomed throughout the skiing / riding season. You guys live in an alternate universe; working while we’re sleeping and sleeping while we’re enjoying your hard work. Thank You and Merry Christmas to you and your families

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