Park City, Utah – Thanks to some cold weather, winter has arrived at Park City Mountain Resort. Last night, with temperatures dipping to the mid-20s, Park City Mountain Resort’s mountain operations staff activated the Resort’s snowmaking system for the first time this season. The guns were turned on at approximately 2 a.m. and stayed on until about 8 o’clock this morning producing a blanket of snow at the base of the Eagle Race Arena, site of the America’s Opening World Cup ski races, scheduled for November 16 – 19, 2000 and the official venue for the men’s and women’s alpine giant slalom competition and all snowboarding events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
“We’re committed to taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to make snow this season, not only in preparation for America’s Opening, but to help ensure a that our guests enjoy terrific conditions,” said Vern Greco, president and general manager at Park City Mountain Resort.
Park City Mountain Resort boasts one of the most extensive snowmaking systems in the entire Intermountain West, covering 475 acres from top to bottom. This summer, 6,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe and new tower guns were installed in the Eagle Race Arena. According to Greco, in optimal conditions, the Resort’s system is capable of producing 33 acre-feet of snow in a single 24-hour period.
“Although last night’s conditions fell a bit short of ideal, it was an important first step in building a strong base,” Greco said.
The temperature at which the Resort’s system is at maximum output is 18 degrees Fahrenheit, but, as was the case last night, it is still possible to make plenty of snow at temperatures at or just below freezing.
Since snowmaking was first installed at Park City Mountain Resort in 1977, millions of dollars have been spent to augment and expand the system.
“We know that snowmaking is a good investment because it allows us to consistently pull off early-season events like America’s Opening. And, even more importantly, our pass holders and destination guests get to enjoy one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Utah,” Greco said.
Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to open for the 2000-01 Winter Season, weather and snow conditions permitting, on Nov. 11, 2000.
To see at what the first day of snowmaking at Park City Mountain Resort was like, check out our Web site at www.parkcitymountain.com/conditions/mountain_cam.htm.