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Snowmaking 101 - Posted 01/29/2017

Snow making 101

Many times we are asked throughout the season questions about snowmaking. Snow Making involves many factors other than just the temperature. Our terrain is covered by snowmaking equipment, so as soon as we have cold temperatures, we can have snow all winter long, even if there is no natural snow at all. There are 6 key elements that need to be in place before we begin to make snow.


Cold Temperatures

We must have cold temperatures to make snow. Many wonder how cold? We must have temperatures below 32 degrees. 32 degrees in the temperature required to turn water into snow crystals, at this temperature it is possible but affects the quality and quantity. Temperatures below 28 degrees are more ideal, but below 18 degrees would be great! Simply put, the colder the better!


Low Humidity

What is humidity? Simply put it is the amount of moisture in the air. This is a very important factor in snow making. A general rule of thumb is a temperature value added to the humidity value must be less than 100. The temperature must still be around freezing. An example is a temp of 20 degrees and a humidity of 40 would be great to make snow. A temp of 30 with a humidity of 95 would not be ideal for snowmaking. As the temperature and humidity drops, the amount of snow made per hour goes up.


Compressed Air & Water

Compressors create the compressed air which is then pushed through air lines on the hill and in to the snow making system. There are also water lines throughout the property that run to the snow guns. The water comes from the local creek and it is transferred to our pump house which then pushes it as needed up certain water lines. An interesting fact is that a rain during the season heats the water temperature of the creek and affects the ability to make snow. In the springtime, when the snow melts, it runs back down the hill and returns to the creek.


Snow Guns

There are 3 different types of snow guns located at Paoli Peaks. We have stationary fan guns located on towers. There are also mobile fan guns, which can be moved around the hill to help with snow making needs. The third type are portable air water guns which can be an added bonus in times of need, due to the easiness to move from place to place.  What does a snow gun do? A snow gun acts as a large mixer for the water and air. We have approximately 110 snow guns.  The snow guns vary in their specific function and location on the slopes, depending on how they create, make, and position the snow. Also machine made snow is more durable than natural snow.


So, how much snow can be made in an hour?

At ideal snowmaking conditions of  20 degrees and low humidity.

We pump 6500 gallons of water per minute

Each gallon of water weighs 8.33 lbs

Multiply the two (gals per min X weight) you get 54,145 lbs of water being turned into snow per minute

Divide that number by 2000 (# of pounds in a ton) you get 27.07 tons of snow per minute

Multiply that by 60 (minutes per hour) that's 1,600 tons of snow per hour!


Snowmakers and Groomers

The final touch in the snowmaking process is our staff! Our snowmakers and groomers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be on the mountain, taking advantage of ideal conditions the moment they arrive. They work all night to prepare the slopes for you to enjoy skiing, riding and tubing. Even when we don't get to make snow on a certain night, the grooming staff will be hard at work all night to get the slopes looking and feeling like there is a nice fresh coat of snow - look at that corduroy! It all starts with Mother Nature’s blessing us with ideal snowmaking get ready, because she can't hold out too much longer!

What's New at the Peaks?! - Posted 10/17/2017

With the leaves beginning to change color, winter is that much closer and the forecast is looking favorable! Our staff has been hard are work all summer to keep the lifts spinning, snowmaking efficient and the lodge ready for what is hopefully an early opening!   Check out what's going on at the Peaks! »

Big Air Winners - Posted 02/12/2017

What a great day it turned out to be for the Big Air event, thank you to ALL who participated. We could not have done it without you. A BIG thanks to all the sponsors too, the prizes where awesome, and much appreciated.   Check Out the Winners! »

President's Thursday Tubing Special - Posted 02/10/2017

Join us for a great time and an amazing special at our Arctic Blast Snow Tubing! Is there anything better than heading out to your favorite activity for some winter fun with family and friends? Thursday, February 16th we will be holding an awesome tubing special!   A Great Tubing Special! »

We're Looking for You! - Posted 02/01/2017

Looking for a fun job this winter? Interested in getting a free season pass for Paoli Peaks? We are always looking for good people. Paoli Peaks and Arctic Blast Tubing hire employees to fill part time, seasonal positions in all departments.   Interested in working for us this season? »

Martin Luther King Weekend - Posted 01/13/2017

Martin Luther king weekend is here! Get the latest information on hours and events for this weekend!   Get MLK Hours and Information »

Opening Friday at 10am - Posted 01/12/2017

Paoli Peaks will be suspending operations temporarily on Thursday, January 12th due to incoming weathers conditions.   More Information »

100% Open & Perfect Conditions - Posted 01/07/2017

Jack frost has returned with natural snow in the amount of 3” and with some cold temperatures. Once the cold temperatures arrived our snowmakers kicked it in high gear and have done an amazing job with making snow and continue to do so! We are fully 100% open and conditions are prime! To be honest I would much rather be on the slopes than inside today, it’s one of those PERFECT days. (Yes I’m a little jealous of those who get to take some runs today.)   100% Open Don't Miss Out »

Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals - Posted 11/22/2016

Black Friday Cyber Monday deals are back! The latest in our series of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is for those who love skiing, snowboarding or tubing.   Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals are coming! »

What's New at the Peaks? - Posted 11/02/2016

November is here, which means ski season is just around the corner! We have been hard at work getting ready and with the initial winter forecasts looking promising, we are hoping for a great season. Check out the latest here!   Get the rundown on what's new at Paoli Peaks! »

Season Passes Go On Sale - Aug 1st - Posted 07/25/2016

The Dog Days of Summer are here. This sweltering, oppressive heat seems like it will never stop. We long for the days of 30 degrees, winter coats, and most important of all, skis & snowboards gliding across freshly groomed snow. It's hard to imagine those days are not far off, but they will be here sooner than you think. Be prepared with a Paoli Peaks season pass when they arrive. Season Passes go on sale starting August 1st.   Summer Pass Sale- SAVE! »

Rugged Maniac Returns - Posted 05/16/2016

Rugged Maniac returns to the slopes of Paoli Peaks for their 6th year of hill-climbing, mud-sliding, race-running fun. Each Year, Rugged Maniac finds a way to make the race, bigger, badder, and better. We can't wait to see what's in store this year!   When Is It? »

A Season's End - Posted 03/15/2016

Paoli Peaks is officially closed for the 2015/2016 Season. We had some crazy weather this season, but we made the most of it. It's always a great year in our book when we see all of the smiling faces enjoying themselves on the slopes! THANK YOU for visiting us this season and choosing to spend your time on the slopes with us! We look forward to seeing you again next winter!   »

The Season isn't over yet! - Posted 03/04/2016

Hats off to our Grooming crew for pulling snow out of thin air...not really. They've been pushing and grooming since yesteday afternoon trying to fix the damage Mother Nature has bestowed on us. Thanks to them, Paoli Peaks will be open Friday - Sunday for one last and final weekend of the 2015/2016 season. It's been one challenge after another this year, but one more weekend is more than enough reason to celebrate! Won't you join us?   Don't kick off your boots just yet.... »

Feb 20-21 Weekend Update - Posted 02/16/2016

Last weekend wasn't even over with before we started getting concerned inquiries about this upcoming weekend. There's no need to be concerned. We can handle some warm temperatures.....   Read More »

Warm Temps = Fun Days on the Slopes - Posted 02/04/2016

The warmer temperatures have stuck around long enough. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for winter to come back and stay a while. I think I can speak for all of us when I say, "I haven't gotten enough time in on the slopes yet!"   Read more for Super Bowl Weekend Update »

BIG AIR Competition - February 13th - Posted 02/04/2016

Thank you to all who came out and participated in the Slope Style event in January. What an awesome day we had; blue bird skies, highs in the low 30’s, and great snow conditions. Next Up: BIG AIR on February 13th   Find Out More! »

Does Warm Weather Affect Operations? - Posted 01/28/2016

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, many people are left wondering, "Is Paoli Peaks open?".   Find Our More! »

Slopestyle Winners - Posted 01/24/2016

Thank you to ALL who came out and made the Slopestyle event what is was. Make plans now to attend the Big Air event which will have the same FREE STUFF, with over $700 in Prizes going to Pro First Place. Check out the website for more info- coming soon on BIG AIR EVENT.   Check out the Slopestyle Winners »

#PPSNELFIE a.k.a Paoli Peak Snow Selfie - Posted 01/09/2016

The next time you find yourself out on our slopes posing for a selfie, we want to know about it. Tag #ppsnelfie We want to see all of the fun everyone is having out on the slopes! Not a Snelfie fan? Tag #paolipeaks Either way, we love to be a part of your experience!   »

Paoli Peaks NOW OPEN! - Posted 01/05/2016

Opening Day is finally here! Hats off to our Snow Making Crew. Without them and their hard work, opening day couldn't have happened this soon.   »

World's Largest Lesson - You Could Be A Part of It! - Posted 12/31/2015

Paoli Peaks is pretty excited about participating in the World's Largest Lesson event along with many other participating ski resorts across the country. It doesn't take much to participate...   BE A PART OF THE WORLDS LARGEST LESSON! »

Opening Day Update - Posted 12/21/2015

Bring back the cold! We were able to make snow Friday and Saturday night, but with warmer temperatures & rain hanging around for the few days it's left many people wondering   »

What's the Story on Opening Day??? - Posted 12/14/2015

It's mid-December. The weekly temperatures are highs are in the 50's and low's in the 40's with rain scattered in the forecast... What does that mean for opening day?   Click Here To Learn More! »

Season Passes = Direct Access to the Slopes - Posted 07/29/2015

Season Passes go on sale August 1st with the lowest prices available for the rest of the season. We know its summer and hot, but now's the time to start thinking cooler thoughts.... winter thoughts... snowy thoughts... thoughts of you on the slopes this coming season and with direct access to the slopes!   How do I get Direct Access to the slopes? »