It’s beginning to look a lot like skiing on Two Top Mountain in , Pa., but it is a bit too early for the slopes to be open at Whitetail Resort.Montgomery Township
“It is very close,” said Katrina Gayman, Whitetail’s director of marketing and sales. “We had originally thought that we might get open this weekend, but with this impending rain, we decided against it.
“It sounds like we’re going to get quite a bit of rain between Friday and Saturday. We have made quite a bit of snow, but we feel like we want to just sit on it and just save the snow for after the rain gets through.”
Snowmaking at the resort that includes 23 trails began last week and has gone well, according to Gayman, who noted that temperatures of 30 degrees or less are needed to manufacture snow.
“A couple of days, we were able to make snow 24 hours because the temperature on the mountain stayed cold enough that we could,” she said. “Most of the time, the nights were nice and cold that we were able to make snow every night. So it’s been great.
“The efforts have been really good because we’ve had some really, really good, cold nights. That lends itself to strong snowmaking capabilities.”
Gayman emphasized that waiting to open until after this weekend’s anticipated rain will make for better skiing in the long run.
“There’s plenty of snow that we’ve made,” she said. “It’s just that we want to hold off on using it or spreading it out until this rain event goes through. It will hold onto the snow better. It will preserve the snow a little bit better if you don’t move it and we don’t ski on it until after this rain event.”
Despite cold temperatures in November and an unusually heavy snowfall the week before Thanksgiving, the timing wasn’t right for the resort to switch into high gear.
“We got around 9 inches of snow during that event,” Gayman said. “It was very tempting, but we knew it would be short-lived with the temperatures not sticking around.
“It would have been nice to have had snow on the ground already, but as a base, it isn’t the type of snow that would stick around that we could use.”