I've mentioned this in the past as an interest that me and a few friends have had. Unfortunately in the last year and half, life situations have crept up forcing us to push plans back for building snowmaking equipment as well as our own terrain park.
Earlier today me and my friend went over to his grandfathers remote farm just outside Wardensville to take a look around at the property he mentioned for making snow on. This property is his grandfathers, borders his property, and the national forrest. When we drove the farm road to this secluded area my breath was taken away. We are seriously considering actually putting in a back yard ski area using his/his grandfathers property, his engineering skills, our passion for snow, and the desire to have fun. Him and his wife could actually see themselves running a Whitegrass like operation down the road.
Anyway here is the specs of the area:
* 1400' Base / 2220' Summit - 820' vertical
* North / NorthEast facing 'Bowl" with towering ridge surrounding the base.
* Full stream 100 yards away from the Base area.
* Ridge is populated with large towering maple trees, semi-dense confier trees.
* 40-50" / yr of natural snowfall.
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As you can see above this is NOT bad terrain to work with in the least. However we are not planning to build a massive corporation, or have some massive paying operating right off the bat. In fact, if we accomplish anything this winter, it simply would be the ability to make snow, make a few jumps, rails, and have our own hidden snowy paradise.
In the future the idea would be to build a mom-n-pop operation where a few dozen people could show up to pay for access to the slopes and enjoy themselves. The ideas we tossed around were to have several small cabins or "chalets" (gotta market where you can) that would have fireplaces for overnight stays for couples or such. Possibly a small lunch area that his wife and another person could fix lunches.
Ok ok thats way off down the road. What we would like to do is create trails, create a terrain park and simply enjoy it. Obviously we either need several items, or need to learn how to make several items to really take this idea all the way:
* Snowmaking equipment (we plan to tinker with this this weekend)
* Water source (big stream to supply this)
* Chair / Rope / Tow Lift of sorts.
* Grooming equipment. (Modified snowmobile with rake/grooming?)
Anyway, what are your alls thoughts on the topo map above, and on the whole idea in general?