Cold weather brings tons of man made snow


West Mountain invested over a million dollars in upgrades for this season and is ready to tackle the low snowfall so far.

Daniella Cole who is up from Florida had this to say about the snow, “The snow’s powdery but when you go down it’s a bit icy in the face.”

This morning the slopes at the mountain were covered in an icy mist.  A mist that froze into fresh powder to cover the trails.  This fresh coating of majestic white is freshening the trails, trails that have covered in sow that West Mountain made before Thanksgiving.

“We were able to open fourteen trails, where normally we would run three to four trails right when we open,” Sara Montgomery, General Manager of West Mountain, told me when I met with her today.

One hundred and fifty new snow guns blast water and air over nearly 100% of West Mountain’s trails.  This ability has allowed the mountain to stay open even when the weather warmed up over the last few weeks, keeping skier on the slopes of West Mountain.

“It’s very powdery, they are blowing snow right now.”

Harman Cole came out today to try skiing for the third time.  Normally he heads down on a snowboard.  The biggest difference he says is, “The orientation, you can go down the mountain one way or you can go down sideways.”

Other skiers said the snow, was very good, really soft, had a nice edge and great recovery after the rain.”

And that recovery means great skiing and for those not as adventurous they can make use of the tubing hill that is open Friday to Sunday.

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