Mount Peter once had the only snow in town


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  • Photos by Roger Gavan Until this weekend, the Mount Peter Ski Area, which opened for its 83rd season Dec. 15 and as viewed from State School Road, had the only snow in town since the beginning of winter.




  • As pictured last weekend, the ski area has enough snow making capability to carry it through the season without any help from Mother Nature. The forecast for this weekend does include snow.




— It appears the record will be broken.

But until this weekend, the Mount Peter Ski Area, which opened for its 83rd season Dec. 15, had the only snow in town since the beginning of winter.

There was, however, one major snowstorm in late fall.

Although the ski area has enough snowmaking capability to carry it through the season without any help from Mother Nature, snow on the road is welcomed as a natural invitation to "Think snow" and enjoy winter sports.

Snowstorms also help cover all 13 trails but unlike some of the major ski areas in the West or North, Mount Peter has 100 percent snowmaking capability and when temperatures are right, snowmaking crews can work around the clock.

In general and contrary to what some people believe, snow is snow no matter how it is made.

Snowmaking is simply a process of creating snow by dispersing tiny water particles and air, under pressure, into cold air.

This produces a snowflake structure that is similar to natural snow. And by regulating the water content, snow can be deliberately made into covering ranging from light powder to wet base snow.

It can also withstand higher temperature before melting.

Mt. Peter is open every day and there is also night skiing and snow boarding from Tuesday through Saturday.

And there is a multi-lane 600-foot tubing run equipped with a carpet lift.

For tubing schedules, additional information and the latest snow reports call 986-4940 or visit www.mtpeter.com.

- Roger Gavan



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