Created on Monday, 25 November 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A relatively early cold snap forecasted for Central Ohio and much of the Midwest has prompted Mad River Mountain’s staff to fired up Ohio’s largest snowmaking system on Saturday.
Machines spew snow on Mad River Mountain’s slopes in this file photograph. The resort has started up the process this past weekend with the hope to open Saturday. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)
With over 130 high-powered snowmaking fan guns covering 100 percent of its terrain, MRM is hoping to offer skiing and snowboarding in Ohio as early as this upcoming Saturday
The resort typically opens in mid-December and in the last two seasons has seen opening dates closer to the Christmas holiday rather than Thanksgiving.
“The cold weather and the upcoming long range forecast are too good not to fire up our snowmaking system,” General Manager Greg Fisher said. “The last two seasons have been slow starters so it would be great to give our loyal season pass holders and winter enthusiasts a chance to ski or ride in November.”
He said he wasn’t exactly sure the last time Mad River Mountain was open in November.
“Peak Resorts purchased Mad River Mountain in 2000 and since then there hasn’t been a November opening,” Mr. Fisher said. “According to some of my veteran ski and snowboard instructors though it did happen in the late 1990’s thanks in part to a freak early season storm.”
In order to push for that elusive November opening, MRM’s operations team will be working through the Thanksgiving holiday to make snow whenever possible.
To create enough snow to open, Mr. Fisher stated that the resort would need a 60 to 70 hours of snowmaking between now and next Saturday morning.
With temperatures forecasted to remain in the teens and low to mid 20s though the weekend, chances are good that the initial round of snowmaking could continue for up to 40 consecutive hours.
A definitive opening day announcement is expected by the midweek.
For the most up-to-date information on snowmaking, conditions, hours of operations and lift ticket pricing always visit http://www.SkiMadRiver.com.