Ask Joe: How is warm weather impacting snow making operations?

Ask Joe: How is warm weather impacting snow making operations?

From the Ask Joe file, we are looking into a question about ski resorts and our warm weather.

One of our viewers, John, wrote in asking how these warm temperatures are impacting snowmaking operations at area ski resorts.

Here's what I found out:

It has been warm lately, there's no question about that, and we did break some records this week.

I checked with our buddy Mike Pierce up at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. I don't think Mike's ever had a bad day up there at Mt. Rose, but he says the conditions are gorgeous.

However, they have stopped making snow because the general rule is you need freezing temperatures combined with low humidity for at least four hours overnight to make snow, and that has not been happening.

Pierce says since the warmer temperatures came in late January they had to suspend their snowmaking, and from the looks of the forecast, it could be a while before it starts back up.

On the bright side, the snow we have is holding up well, according to Pierce. We did get 18 inches of snow up in the mountains from our most recent storm in late January and another 14 inches from the storm before that, so there is a good base that will hopefully get us by for a while.

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