Snowmaking Season

One week ago, we turned on the snow guns for the first time this fall. We're working toward our earliest Opening Day in recent history - we'll start turning the lifts on Saturday, November 15 - which means we wanted a solid jump start on the snowmaking season, too.

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The snowguns are on. Snowmaking began at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14.

Our October 14 snowmaking was a success for more reasons than one: while we made a good amount of snow, we also tested our system to ensure everything is performing as it should. I'm pleased to report that everything worked without a hitch.

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Snowmaking continued until about 8:30 a.m. on October 14. The snow and the fall colors are a nice combo.

Since our first night of snowmaking, we have not had the temperatures to make snow (the magic number we need is 28 degrees). Temperatures have dipped to the low 30s - which is very normal for this time of year. We often see this pattern: a cold spell in mid-October, warmer temperatures through the end of the month, and then it's all systems go around Halloween. As we wait for the colder temperatures, we're preparing to put our snowmakers on standby. In the meantime, we're doing lift and snowcat maintenance as we get ready to be the first ski area open in New Mexico for the 12th consecutive time.

Stay tuned for more mountain and snowmaking updates - and think snow!

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