My wife is from Wisconsin and we have a cottage on Lake Superior in the Western U.P. so we should be used to cold. But working out on the mountain these last few days has been challenging at best.The cold we've had here lately isn't anything like we usually get in the Wasatch this time of year. Low temps of -10 and highs in the single digits, oh and throw in a strong west wind to drop wind chills to -30 and it's what we call Wisconsin Cold. Wisconsin Cold is good for snowmaking, very good indeed. The crew and their guns and hoses have been very productive the last few nights and days. We come to work in the morning to see giant new "whales" or piles of snowmaking snow. The groomers then spread these whales out and we have more open terrain. Today for instance we have one more run (Claimjumper) and one more lift (Silverlode) open. In the next couple days, we hope to get more (Eric is best with those details).
It's down right tropical out now; 10 above here at the Summit which is 20 degrees warmer than the same time yesterday. The "warm up" is due to a new SW flow that is hopefully bringing a warmer/wetter storm our way. The weather models tell us conditions are indeed favorable for a storm beginning Sunday morning. As we always say when discussing weather forecasts, we shall see.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.