Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Frisco Nordic Center Gets Snowmaking

The Town of Frisco and the Nordic center have nailed down the water rights, at least temporarily, to begin making snow on crosscountry trails.

"What we're excited about is learning about snowmaking," said Nordic center operator Gene Dayton, after firing up the snow gun for the first time this week.

The complex deal gives the Nordic center five acre-feet of water, enough to cover a 5- to 6-kilometer trail about 20 feet wide and 18 inches deep, Dayton said.

Just like snowmaking at lift-served ski areas, the process involves mixing compressed air and water and spraying out through a nozzle, allowing the tiny droplets to crystallize in the cold air.

Dayton said snowmaking will help ensure more consistent coverage and seasonal operations at the Nordic center. With the snowmaking, he hopes to have at least some terrain open for Thanksgiving each year.

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