Friday, December 12, 2008

The "R" Word

No doubt if you live in Mass. or NH you are aware that we had a bout with the "r" word here in northern NH last night. Well, the good news is that there is still plenty of the white stuff on the ground and we still anticipate opening additional terrain this weekend. And colder temps are returning tonight, which means that snowmaking can resume and the snow will set up nicely, allowing us to groom again overnight and into tomorrow, Saturday.

Our snow surfaces team faces challenges such as these with a reassuring nonchallence. I look out my window at the wet snow and wonder how the rain of today will affect my skiing tomorrow. But our snow groomers look at that same wet stuff and see both a challenge and an opportunity to restore the slopes to their previously wonderous conditions.

By not grooming today, Friday, it actually kept the wet snow from getting packed down or damaged by the grooming equipment. And after a cold night tonight, we can once again till the surface for skiing and riding on Sat.

This is my seventh winter here at Cranmore and there is not a day that goes by that I don't learn more about the art and science that is snowmaking and grooming. No wonder our Mountain Ops Director Jimmy Mersereau was selected to be part of the snow grooming team at the Salt Lake City Olympics. The Olympic committe surely knows talent when they see it.

In the meantime, check out our new photo gallery page, featuring our daily picture, weekly video snow report and live cam shots to see that we do indeed still have plenty 'o snow left here.

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