What does it take to cover 220 acres with an average base depth of 46-56 inches? Snowshoe passes much of the credit to Mother Nature, as well as a tireless snowmaking crew.
“Mother Nature provided us with excellent temperatures, allowing our snowmaking crews to make snow around the clock” during most of the past month, explained Bruce Pittet, Vice President and General Manager of Snowshoe. In less than a month Snowshoe has converted 120 million gallons of water into snow, while receiving nearly three feet of natural snowfall.
Due to the large amounts of snow necessary to open terrain parks and halfpipes, snowboarders often receive the short end of the stick early season. Not so this year, explains Snowshoe’s Ed Galford, Vice President of Mountain Operations.
“More and more of our visitors are snowboarders and we were dedicated this season to providing them a place to play as early as possible,” commented Galford. Snowshoe opened its 450-foot halfpipe at the Silver Creek area within the first week of the resort’s opening. The halfpipe now has walls reaching 12-feet in places, giving boaders ample opportunities to grab some air.
According to Snowshoe’s Joe Stevens, snowmaking during the day will be put on hold for awhile, due to Snowshoe’s healthy base leading into the holidays.
Stevens also hinted that two special guests will be visiting Snowshoe during the upcoming holiday, Old Saint Nick and “some guy in a green outfit” known as Mr. Grinch. With Snowshoe’s conditions right now, even Mr. Grinch will have little to complain about.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.