Today we opened Kings Crown to the public. We have moved the snowguns from Kings Crown to Willy’s. We don’t typically make snow on Willy’s but want to give our guests a variety of terrain to experience. Once we are done making snow on Willy’s, we will move the snowguns back to King’s Crown so that we can make snow for the terrain park. We are also currently making snow on Heckler.
How much natural snowfall do we need to open up additional terrain? That varies: depending on several factors ranging from the run’s pitch to what direction it faces to the obstacles on that run to the water content of the snow. These obstacles could include: rocks, stumps, downed trees, springs and creeks; all things you find in any mountain environment. Some runs can be opened with less snow than others.
When is Town Lift going to open? Town Lift has been on a maintenance hold due to an issue with the gearbox. Our lift maintenance team has been working very closely with the gearbox and lift manufacturers to get the lift up and running. We are hopeful we will have it open by next weekend, just in time for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. In the meantime, the ticket windows at the Town Lift Plaza remain open for guests to purchase tickets and mountain hosts are directing guests to the city busses to transfer to the Base area.
Why isn’t the wind turbine working at the top of Silverlode lift? On Dec 12 the brains of the turbine which consist of inverters and a wind controller, failed. The components have now been received by the local company that installed our system and they are in the process of programming the units. Hopefully, installation will be soon. We’ve missed some great wind generating opportunities. According to Brent Giles, the solar system has continued to produce at a rate that exceeds his expectation. He was hoping for at least 80% efficiency but it has consistently produced around 88%.
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.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)