Go to Mount Snow this weekend, it sounds awesome. Killington = Fail.

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    Go to Mount Snow this weekend, it sounds awesome. Killington = Fail.

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    Wow - quite a few trails planned for Saturday.


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    The new system is currently pumping 11800 gallons per minute (today apparently is the first day they've run all the new pumps in full on production conditions) to roughly 230 guns, that are producing about 5.1 acre feet/hour of snow, which is a "raise the bar" type figure in the snowmaking world!
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    Holy crap- that's a lot of production. 11.8k gallons/min equates to 708k gallons/hr. 5.1 acre-feet is about 222k cubic feet or 1.66M "gallons" of snow (assuming 7.48 gal/cu ft) makes for a pretty solid base at density of 0.42. Fluffy snow is 0.05-0.1 and ice comes in at 0.92 so this is about midway between powder and solid ice. If it is white and frozen, I will take it this time of year!

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    Wow. Am I right that even if Killington included Superstar as open terrain (which it isn't) that they'd still fall short of Mt Snow? The NE skiing world is upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    Wow. Am I right that even if Killington included Superstar as open terrain (which it isn't) that they'd still fall short of Mt Snow? The NE skiing world is upside down.
    In Killington's defense, if the amount of snow and resources they've put down on Superstar we're spread out among Snowdon to the base, and possibly down to Ramshead and Snowshed, K would by far and away give them the most acres open this weekend!!

    It takes 3 to 5 FEET of snow on Superstar to get it ready for the world cup, and that's not "high efficiency" snow being made either.

    I'm sure that probably in a few days, when K starts shifting a bunch of the capacity Superstar is using now, towards expansion for the public, their prowess in the snowmaking world will take over....

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    '17 - '18 Season:
    November: 12,18,19 (Mount Snow)

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    Maybe?

    K is the pro in the East in terms of first to open, but I think other areas move faster in terms of early season expansion in recent years. I'll eat my words, but I'm willing to bet Okemo, Stratton, Sunday River and now possibly Snow will have more terrain open than Killington come December 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjeff View Post
    In Killington's defense, if the amount of snow and resources they've put down on Superstar we're spread out among Snowdon to the base, and possibly down to Ramshead and Snowshed, K would by far and away give them the most acres open this weekend!!

    It takes 3 to 5 FEET of snow on Superstar to get it ready for the world cup, and that's not "high efficiency" snow being made either.

    I'm sure that probably in a few days, when K starts shifting a bunch of the capacity Superstar is using now, towards expansion for the public, their prowess in the snowmaking world will take over....

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    This is very dense snow...really almost ice. Takes a lot of water. I don't think the air is the issue, I think water is the limiting factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrec10 View Post
    This is very dense snow...really almost ice. Takes a lot of water. I don't think the air is the issue, I think water is the limiting factor.
    I assume they are doing that on purpose right now? 16 degrees is certainly in the whale making range if they wanted it.

    Killington always said that World Cup/Superstar operations would not interfere with normal operations. That clearly is not the case since they have only been fiddling with one trail at the top when they could easily have top to bottom skiing and many trails if they wanted to, and with the current forecast it is unlikely they will loses much before Thanksgiving.

    They totally dropped the ball and could have had dozens of trails open for Thanksgiving as the best whale making weather is this weekend.

    Impressive work at Mount Snow for sure.
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    Mt Snow was great today! We had planned on skiing K yesterday, but all bailed, good thing, it was brutal, no doubt. Mt Snow was chilly this morning, but conditions were great. One easy, one intermediate, and Freefall. Freefall was fun, all ungroomed whales. Oh, no walking required.

    Snowbow
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    8 runs, legs r toast, headed home, great first day of the 2017-2018 season, here's to many more.

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