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Ski season starting: Sugar Mountain open, rest to follow PDF Print
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 18:48

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort started making snow Tuesday and opened for skiers yesterday.

Sugar’s Kim Jochl said it was a successful opening day, and hopes that indicates a successful ski season.


“Starting out it looks great, but as you know and everyone knows, the weather is our biggest asset and it’s also our biggest challenge,” she says.


While Sugar Mountain beat out other area ski slopes in early snowmaking- its competitors aren’t far behind. Hawksnest is almost there, Lenny Cottom says.


“We’re just waiting for some more cold weather than this… we like the ground to be frozen first before we start making snow on top of it.”


Traditionally, Hawksnest opens in the middle of November. Hawknest has increased its snowmaking capabilities and expanded its beginner area- and is excited about the coming months, Cottom says.


Appalachian Ski Mountain’s target opening date is a week from Friday. In the meantime, they’re keeping busy, Brad Moretz says.


“Right now we’re in the process of installing and testing a new pumping system that’s going to double our snowmaking pumping capacity, but as soon as that’s done, we’re going to be ready to make snow at every opportunity.”


It needs to be below freezing to make snow, Kim Jochl says- and decreasing winter temperatures mean an increase in snowmaking activity in the High Country.
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