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2 months ago

Since I plan to ski at Massanutten several times in January, thought I’d put all my notes in one place this season.

The big news for snowsports is that the water pipeline is almost finished.  Will add substantially to the amount of water available for snowmaking.  Last winter when there were cold snaps, lack of water was a significant reason why snowmaking was not optimal.  Mnut has a lot of automated snowguns that can put out a great deal of new snow in a short period of time when it’s cold and dry enough.  Looking forward to watching the webcams!

From the 10/6/17 press release:

Construction of a new, 2-mile-long water pipeline began in January 2017 and is scheduled to be completed and ready for the upcoming winter season.

“The additional water supply will allow us to better maximize our snowmaking opportunities and greatly improve snowmaking efficiency,” said Kenny Hess, Director of Sports & Safety. “We have also retro fitted some older snowmaking equipment for improved efficiency and added additional snowmaking equipment to our fleet.”

2 days ago

With the help of Mother Nature, the new pipeline is paying off for sure.  The amount of snowmaking that’s happened since late last week is very impressive.  Guns have been on for Geronimo from the start.  I’m not sure, but I think there are more big snow guns on the tubing area than before.

It’s in the teens this morning.  Snow guns were on again by 5pm yesterday.  It’s going to be really amazing for opening day on Friday, 12/15/17.

There is a link to a Wunderground page for Massanutten on the Mnut website.  Makes it easy to see past weather data.

For screen shots of the Mnut webcams from the past week, check here:

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/massanutten-2017-18.21870/

yesterday

Haved worked out my travel schedule to fit in a little time on the Mnut slopes on Opening Day.  Will be skiing first thing in the morning 12/15.  White helmet with red ribbon on the back if anyone else is interested.  Early season rates.  Regular season rates start 12/16 as previously scheduled.

Looks like Upper Showtime may be open, along with Geronimo.  The core trails will have a much deeper base than recent years: Southern Comfort (green), Lower Showtime (blue), Diamond Jim (black).

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