Unfortunately, here in Connecticut, we still have grass and just a little bit of snow being made. However, thanks to a lot of technology and some smarts, ski season might be starting sooner than you think.
It’s business as usual at Powder Ridge Mountain Park in Middlefield. Crews are tightening up bolts and getting things ready for the upcoming ski season. Part of that prep work includes stocking up on snow.
Mike Kurys, Director of Operations at Powder Ridge Mountain Park, said, “Well, with the snow that we just made, we’re trying to stock pile it. Just make big piles of snow, it has less of a chance to melt away. We’ll let the piles sit, we’ll keep making snow on top of it and eventually we’ll take the groomers and we’ll push it all out.”
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Piling the snow like this also helps dry it out, making it much better to ski on once winter comes. Until then, the team at Powder Ridge is forced to wait for cold temps below 28 degrees Fahrenheit to make more snow. But now, they’ve come up with a solution.
“It’s plastic snow, it works and reacts just like regular snow. You can stop, turn, ski, snowboard year round.” mentioned Kurys.
And that’s exactly what the future is. Winter sports won’t be isolated to the cold weather season. But, it will take a while before the whole mountain is covered with synthetic snow. So, when can you start?
“So, no matter what, Dec. 15 we will open synthetic snow for tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. As soon as we get enough nights of snowmaking, we’ll be open 7 days a week.” stated Kurys
So, while it might be another couple of weeks until we get some natural snow here in Connecticut, the ski resorts are going to do their best to beat mother nature.