Snowmaking is an intricate process that requires many acting variables to balance together for ideal conditions. Forcing water and pressurized air through a snow gun will produce snow. Many ski resorts use snowmaking to supplement the natural snow they receive, but Tussey Mountain has learned over the years to not depend on natural weather to arrive, so our snowmaking operation is vital to our operation. Due to high energy costs, this process can be quite expensive, limiting its use to strictly ideal conditions.
The production of snow requires not just a low temperature, but also low humidity and low dewpoints. As such, there is not a set temperature needed to reach in order to make snow. Because air temperature and relative humidity have such a large effect on the ability to make or not, wet bulb temps have the final say. Snowmaking is a relatively expensive process in its energy use; thereby limiting its use...
Evening 1 - 25 Degrees with a Relative Humidity of 54% and a Dewpoint of 11 = GOOD snowmaking
Evening 2 - 25 Degrees with a Relative Humidity of 84% and a Dewpoint of 22 = BAD snowmaking
So eventhough both days had an identical, cold temperature in the mid 20's, Evening 2 would be impossible for snowmaking due to Humidity and Dewpoint. Basically, the COLDER and DRIER it is, the better! We have recently replaced our entire water system line and motor to go along with new ARECO snowmaking guns to our operation and will start them all up again every chance we get! Stay tuned..