Snowmaking starts at Steamboat Ski Area |

Snowmaking starts at Steamboat Ski Area

Pilot & Today Staff

Snow guns shoot man-made snow onto the trails at Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday morning. Snowmaking started at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday

— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. started making snow Tuesday evening, according to a news release from the resort.

A record 93 guns were being used, the release stated.

A recent storm brought low temperatures and 9 inches of snow overnight on top of the 3 inches that fell Tuesday, according to the release. Crews made snow all night from the base area up Heavenly Daze and to the top of the gondola. Snowmaking operations will continue as conditions permit over the coming weeks.

"The early season snow product will be significantly improved this winter due to ongoing snowmaking improvements, technological advancement and additional hardware," said Doug Allen, Ski Corp.’s vice president of mountain operations. "With this technology, crews take advantage of shorter cold weather windows; cover more of the trail; and treat guests to a drastically better early season skiing and riding product in the process."

Steamboat's snowmaking system was expanded and upgraded this summer resulting in an increase in water flow, pressure, production and power, according to the release. In addition, 40 high-efficiency, low-energy tower guns, which use 30 percent less energy than conventional guns while producing the same amount of snow, were purchased and now are located across the mountain.

The Steamboat Ski Area is scheduled to open Nov. 24 for Scholarship Day, with the official Opening Day on Nov. 25.

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