Mother Nature plus guns equal an Olympic ready Whistler

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 8, 2009 9:30 am

In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the Whistler Blackcomb resort has shifted into high gear. Their snowmaking crews are the largest they’ve ever been, and Mother Nature has been on our side, dumping a good amount of snow on those mountains. The natural snow aided by over 160 snow guns means Whistler will be ready for the big day.  They’re not just thinking about the Olympics though–they haven’t forgotten the skiers and snowboarders who keep them in business. Here’s Bob Pasch, snowmaking manager at Whistler: “Our goal is to get as much quality snow as possible across both mountains for our guests early season. More snow on the ground now not only helps us open up terrain early but also provides a thicker, durable base, benefiting the late season too.”

“Alpine temperatures have been working in our favor enabling us to keep our snow guns running. Our snowmaking crews are working 24/7 to ensure our product is the best it can be on both Whistler and Blackcomb for opening day,” he continues. Currently, over 7 million gallons of water are being made into snow each day. Every day, that’s enough snow to reach a four-story building and leave a footprint the size of a football field. That, plus big storms that are expected to roll in, means good things for Whistler!

 

photo courtesy of rockiesguide.com

 

 

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