Cold temps allow Sugar Bowl to begin snowmaking operations

Special to the Sun

DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. and#8212; Cold temperatures coupled with a winter-weather forecast created ideal snowmaking conditions at Sugar Bowl Resort Tuesday evening. Jamie Fawcett, snowmaking and grooming manager for the resort, cited ideal and#8220;wet bulband#8221; temperatures, consisting of an ideal mix of relative humidity and ambient temperatures, ultimately allowing the system to convert 1,000 gallons of water per minute to snow. Sugar Bowl Resort started the system for the first time Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. and ran 12 guns throughout the night. Fawcett also indicated that a promising weather forecast, including snow showers, should give the snowmakers optimal conditions to continue making snow through the weekend.

Sugar Bowland#8217;s snowmaking system covers 375 acres or about 25 percent of the resort.

Sugar Bowl Resort, atop majestic Donner Summit, has been the home of authentic alpine adventure in Tahoe since 1939. For more information visit or call 530-426-9000.

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