It all depends on very cold temperatures, low humidity, special equipment, and a dedicated staff. Not only do we need these conditions to make snow, usually overnight, but we need them for several days in row in order to make snow and keep it on the slopes.
Blue Hills' extensive snowmaking system allows us to offer 90% snowmaking coverage, only a short distance from the busy city! As long as we have temperatures that are cold enough, we can have snow throughout the season, even if mother nature doesn't make any of her own. However, there is much more to making snow than just having cold temperatures and we invite you to take a small look at what it takes for our team to work their magic each winter!
There are 6 essentials that need to be ready to allow us to create the white stuff:
While 32 degrees is the freezing temperature needed for water to turn to snowflakes, we ideally need temperatures that are 24 degrees and below.
Here at Blue Hills, much like all of you in the hot summer, we like it when the humidity is LOW. As the temperature and humidity drop, we are able to make more and more snow per hour, which allows you to get on the hill that much faster and enjoy the winter that much longer!
We need compressed air to mix with water in order to create tiny droplet of water that our forced out of the snowguns which then freezes into snow before reaching the ground..
Air isn't the only thing needed; we need water! The combination of these two elements- the water coming from our pond- produces snow. In a normal year, we will use 8,500,000 gallons of water.
We use a combinaton of fan guns and stick guns. We use 11 fan guns that we can move around to the ski area to make snow where needed. We also have eleven stick guns that are permantly mounted along our race course are on Big Blue.
Dedicated Staff for Snowmaking and Grooming
The final piece of the puzzle, that Blue Hills couldn't operate without, is our staff. Our snowmakers and groomers work extensive hours throughout the winter, to take advantage of the ideal conditions when they arrive. It isn't uncommon for them to be here all night, ensuring that when you wake up and head out here for skiing and riding, you have the best conditions we could make.