Park City, Utah – Thanks to some cold weather, winter has arrived at ParkCity Mountain Resort. Last night, with temperatures dipping to the mid-20s,Park City Mountain Resort’s mountain operations staff activated the Resort’ssnowmaking system for the first time this season. The guns were turned onat approximately 2 a.m. and stayed on until about 8 o’clock this morningproducing a blanket of snow at the base of the Eagle Race Arena, site of theAmerica’s Opening World Cup ski races, scheduled for November 16 – 19, 2000and the official venue for the men’s and women’s alpine giant slalomcompetition and all snowboarding events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
“We’re committed to taking advantage of every opportunity that presentsitself to make snow this season, not only in preparation for America’sOpening, 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 snowmakingsystems in the entire Intermountain West, covering 475 acres from top tobottom. This summer, 6,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe and new tower gunswere installed in the Eagle Race Arena. According to Greco, in optimalconditions, the Resort’s system is capable of producing 33 acre-feet of snowin a single 24-hour period.
“Although last night’s conditions fell a bit short of ideal, it was animportant first step in building a strong base,” Greco said.
The temperature at which the Resort’s system is at maximum output is 18degrees Fahrenheit, but, as was the case last night, it is still possible tomake 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 toconsistently pull off early-season events like America’s Opening. And,even more importantly, our pass holders and destination guests get to enjoyone of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Utah,” Greco said.
Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to open for the 2000-01 WinterSeason, weather and snow conditions permitting, on Nov. 11, 2000.
To see at what the first day of snowmaking at Park City Mountain Resort waslike, check out our Web site atwww.parkcitymountain.com/conditions/mountain_cam.htm.