“The recent cold temperatures along with our equipment upgrades have allowed us to get a lot of snow on the ground quickly,” Fake reports. “Already we’ve gotten in 75 hours of snowmaking, allowing us to open a week ahead of our target date. We usually aim to open at the start of the Christmas holiday,” he said, “but conditions so far have been favorable and we’re ready.”
To supplement the man-made snow, the mountain has received 6 inches of natural snow during the past week. Fake says that often when it’s raining on the immediate coastline, it snows three miles inland at the Snow Bowl.
“For optimal snowmaking conditions, we need temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees,” Fake explains. “We can make snow up to about 27 degrees depending on humidity, wind, and the temperature of the water. This weekend we got in 60 continuous hours with good temperatures; last year, even in January, the longest spell we had was about 36 hours, and much of that was in marginal conditions. We’re relieved and excited to be off to an early start.”
Community Development Director Karen Brace says that businesses in downtown Camden will be very happy that the ski season is underway. “Last winter, when ski areas all over the Northeast suffered, local business people felt the impact of fewer skiers. With more than 60% of the Snow Bowl’s customers traveling to Camden from outside.
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