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Looking out the window of the Titus Mountain offices right now the sun is shining and the mercury is somewhere in the high 70s. I would like to say the last thing I’m thinking about is snow, but alas we’re in the ski industry so it’s something that is always on our minds.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a ride on the mountain and seeing firsthand the start of something great—upgrades in the way our mountain staff makes snow! That’s right, here on the mountain in the middle of July we’re pouring our efforts into creating a much more efficient snow-making process so that when ski season comes, it comes with a vengeance.
Over the past week or two we’ve put in new snowmaking pipes for the lower mountain’s Rock Garden, Sunset, and Promise trails (TRAIL MAP HERE). And, while not as sexy as hearing about new snowmaking lines, just as important is that we’ve upgraded the electric lines along the piping system so our snow guns can work as efficiently as possible.
That’s pretty cool stuff, of course, but the coolest thing we’re in the process of doing is connecting all of those pipes into one awesome valve-house for the lower mountain. Previously while skiing Titus you might have seen random “shacks” placed almost strategically throughout the mountain—those were our valve-houses. If we needed to make snow on multiple trails, our snowmaking guys would have to turn off a valve in one house, drive to the next house and turn on that valve, and then go check the snow gun to make sure it was pumping correctly… all while making sure that the water never stops moving because as soon as it does it would freeze the equipment. They did this multiple times a night for the whole night. They truly are some unsung heroes of the ski season.
With our new valve-houses holding all the valves in one place, our snowmaking process is going to be much more efficient, much more scientific, and at the end of the night, produce much more satisfying results! Our snowmakers will be able to spend more time making sure the snow is pristine instead of driving around the mountain. This is a process we will be completing over the next month and includes new Upper Mountain improvements as well. What does that mean for you? Much more snow for you to slide down the mountain on and in a more consistent fashion. It’s a win-win for everyone.
So, enjoy the heat of the summer but know that when the North Country Winter is upon us, we work our hardest to make sure you don’t just survive the winter—you’re going to thrive in it.
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