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Discussion: Snow less

in: kadley; kadley > 2015-12-12

Dec 13, 2015 1:54 AM # 
I'm thinking an aerial view of the Craftsbury area would show mostly brown with the one white oval? Nice that skiers, young & old, can get a head start:-).
Dec 13, 2015 3:12 AM # 
Oh yes, strictly a man made swath around the fields. Everything else is brown waiting for cover. Getting worn down and no sign of more before next weekend's Eastern Cup races.
Dec 14, 2015 1:48 PM # 
That's a pretty awesome-looking weekend in your training log! Too bad it was all on the gerbil-loop :(
Dec 14, 2015 2:05 PM # 
Oh to have a gerbil-loop within reasonable driving distance!

Actually Bristol often serves that purpose admirably. It just hasn't been cold enough to blow snow there yet.

Speaking of that, a few years ago I was looking at one of the "backyard snowmaking" setups you can find plans for online. Evidently all it takes is an air compressor, a pressure washer, and a little bit of plumbing assembly to set yourself up. Stumbled across it reading Duncan Douglas's blog where he (of course it would be him) actually did it. I was seriously considering giving it a try until I realized there was no way I'd be able to supply enough water from my well.
Dec 14, 2015 2:23 PM # 
Lots of skiing! Knowing it may be awhile before I see snow again, couldn't resist every chance to spin the gerbil cage.

Snowmaking does work:

But the limitation is your well or water bill -- takes lot of water. If the drought continues and we get solidly cold weather, I'll pull water out of our pond for a loop in the field.
Dec 15, 2015 1:35 AM # 
Oh of course you've already been there and done that. I think I knew that but forgot.

Pond... that sounds like a useful addition, except that we're sitting on shale. Dig a hole and all the water leaks out unless you line it with clay or something to seal it. (Witness my neighbor's empty hole in the ground.)

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