Arapahoe Basin ski resort in Colorado shared pictures yesterday of the snowcat operators moving snow around the mountain.
COO Alan Henceroth explains this is for two reasons. Firstly, to help with runoff when it starts melting, and secondly, making sure the snow is where they need it when they get the chance to reopen.
The Snowcat Operators are pushing some snow around on the hill. We are doing this for a couple of reasons. One reason is to help with runoff. When the snow starts really melting, we need the water to go to the right places. We are opening up water bars in that effort. The second reason is trying to keep snow where we need it in case we get the chance to re-open. Our next best chance of re-opening is late May. Keep your masks on and stay away from each other.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced a revised timeline on Monday, saying he would provide more information on ski areas reopening on May 25th. It looks like Arapahoe Basin, who has been known to stay open well into July should conditions allow, will be ready.