Mother Nature is holding out as thousands of skiers and snowboarders patiently wait for the season to get started. These next few weeks are forecasted to have unusually warm weather. The Chicopee Operations Team has gone through and tested all our snowmaking systems, and are ready and waiting for our first cold spell.
To fight against the now volatile weather patterns of the last few years, Chicopee has invested over $400,000 into new state-of-the-art, high efficiency snow guns. These guns allow us to make snow at higher temperatures (-2c to -3c, but not 10c!) and are much more energy efficient in doing so.
With the new snow guns and cold temperatures last season, we found that we could almost completely deplete our water supply in 10 days of snowmaking. It would take us up to 3 weeks to restore the ponds and water supply. To rectify this vulnerability, we drilled a new well deep in the bedrock, which means we’ll be able to produce approximately 3x the volume of water. This means we’ll have all the water we need for snowmaking.
So the million dollar question, when will we be open? At this point only Mother Nature can answer that. Stay tuned to our social media channels and e-newsletter for the latest updates. We will be announcing our opening once a date is confirmed.
Stay tuned, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.