Record-breaking April snowfall helps set stage for late-season turns
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — With the snowpack in the upper Snake River Basin nearly double the average for this time of year, A-Basin is going to extend its season well into June, and possibly through the Fourth of July, according to chief operating officer and vice president Alan Henceroth. More details on late-season operations here.
Full operations will end June 5 as planned, but the ski area will re-open for at least two subsequent three-day weekends, June 10, 11 and 12, and June 17, 18 and 19, Henceroth wrote in a May 13 blog post.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Loveland fired up its snowmaking system early Friday morning to get a jump start on the annual race to open. A cold front passing through the area brought temperatures down into the 20s, and the forecast calls for the cool weather to linger at least through the middle of next week, which should give both Loveland and A-Basin a chance to lay down at least a few inches of base.
A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth wrote in his blog that his snowmaking crews are also standing by, waiting for the wet bulb temperature to drop to 28 degrees. The wet bulb temperature is the combination of temperature and relative humidity, he explains. For example, if the thermometer reads 32 degrees, and the relative humidity is 60 percent, it adds up to the right conditions for snowmaking.
Here’s YouTube video clip from Loveland. Time to wax ’em up.