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Nov 23, 2014 4:22 PM

Will warming trend hurt snowmaking in NH?


HENNIKER - "Doing business in New England isn't for the faint of heart. You're going to see your ups and your downs and the old saying if you don't like the weather wait 15 minutes. This is very true in early season snowmaking," said Kris Blomback, General Manager at Pat's Peak.

"We decided to start making snow when we saw this latest cold snap. Mother Nature can be a little sparse with cold air pre-Christmas but we decided to go for it," said Blomback.

Once the conditions are right, all it takes is water, compressed air, and the right equipment.

"We've got over 80 of these machines [snow guns] and they have their own on-board air compressors and that creates a nucleation mix in the center of the gun," said Blombeck.

Pat's Peak covers about 110 acres of land and their gun can pump out 5,000 gallons of water per minute, covering about three to four trails, top to bottom.

"I always prefer the real stuff but living around here, it's nice to have quality, fake stuff to be able to ski more," said Rachelle Hennessy.

Rain and warmer temperatures are headed for the snow cover mountain early this week.

"While you don't want to see it linger for six or seven days in the 50's and 60's one day isn't going to do us any damage or any harm. We're actually looking forward to the rain that is coming because it will replenish our water supplies we use for our snowmaking process," said Blombeck.


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