Though the weather has yet to fully chill and the fall colors are still turning, we have one word that is nagging at the back of our mind - snow! While we enjoyed a wonderful summer and are only a few weeks into fall, crews on the slopes have been concentrating on our unofficial favorite season of winter. This past week we dug a little deeper into what they have been up to during the warmer seasons and found them testing the BOYNE Low-E Snow Guns.
That's right, the sweet sound of snow guns is back! Crews have started the task of testing and making any repairs to the 381 snow guns on the Boyne Highlands slopes. Out of that number 212 are BOYNE Low-E fan guns, an additional 184 are air water guns. These are the tall, skinny, and found on Valley runs and North Peak areas. Water lines and the actual guns themselves are tested to ensure when the right snow making temps roll around things will be ready to give Mother Nature a helping hand. New this year are 11 new "stub" or short tower guns in various locations including the top and bottom of Heather, Upper MacGully, and the top of Challengers. Peter Breighner, Terrain Park Manager said, "These short towers allow us to make snow more quickly in high traffic areas, reducing the amount of time it takes to get people on the slopes."
As mentioned, during the summer and fall months our crews are still thinking snow as maintenance takes place for the coming winter. The main focus is to clear runs of trees, limbs or other debris that may be encroaching on the runs. At the end of summer, the slopes get mowed and string trimmed to continue to clean up the runs and make sure they will be ready for skiers and riders.
Our snowmaking crews battle with intricate water systems, high voltage power, and at times, very difficult weather conditions. They strive to always stay on top of all safety standards when working with this equipment. When our snowmaking system is maxed out we are pumping more than four thousand gallons of water a minute through our snow guns and it something you cannot make mistakes around. "We do a lot of training for our normal snowmaking crews in the fall to prepare them for the season. Working in inclement weather with poor visibility, unstable ground conditions at times and a loud environment requires everyone be alert and conscious of their surroundings. It also takes a special breed to want to be out in the cold weather on a night shift during a snow storm making sure we have enough snow for the season," explained Breighner.
So as the season nears, we thank our hard working crews for their determination to get us on the slopes as soon as possible to ensure we can get the most out of skis and boards.
Until next time,
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