Skiing Wintergreen with snow making on?

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Woodsrider427
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:54 pm

Does anyone know if Wintergreen is as bad as Sugar when the snow makers are going? Sugar seems to have a lot of guns right in your face, wondering if Wintergreen is the same. I was planning to day trip to Wintergreen on Friday but they announced they will be on around the clock even on open trails. I completely understand why, just debating whether it's worth taking a day off.
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:15 pm

Been a long time since I've been at Wintergreen with any snow guns on. I don't remember it being a big issue on Acorn since that's where my daughter was skiing back then. No memories of low guns on Highlands.

FYI, I got to Massanutten around 6pm today. Temp at the base was already down to 28 degrees and there were a lot of snow guns on already. Will be skiing Thu-Sun. Demo days Jan. 12-13. I might stay over Sun night too. :-)
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:20 pm

There is a day bus of Boy Scouts headed to Wintergreen on Sat, Jan. 12. A friend will be on it with her Boy Scout and his little sister. I'll be interested to hear what they think of Wintergreen in comparison to Massanutten. They learned to ski at Massanutten when I started taking them for holiday weekends when the boy was 6 and his sister was 4. Mother started learning then too. Kids are tweens now and are advanced skiers. Since their mom liked Alta greens and easy blues during during their first spring break trip, the kids get to go for the third time this April.
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Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:07 am

Thanks for the feedback. I'll likely go regardless, still better than working!!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:49 pm

Just to confirm marzski's comment - I hit Wintergreen all the time, multiple trips every year. I have not once been there when the blowers were on. I think they have a policy of only making snow at night.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:47 pm

brigand wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:49 pm
Just to confirm marzski's comment - I hit Wintergreen all the time, multiple trips every year. I have not once been there when the blowers were on. I think they have a policy of only making snow at night.
Yes, normally I think that is correct, but they had posted a message that due to the circumstances they were going to run them 24/7 while they could to try and catch up (I assumed maybe this wasn’t the first time for that). I ended up going anyway and it wasn't bad at all. They didn't have every one of them on, just sporadically around the open trails.
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Woodsrider427 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:47 pm
brigand wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:49 pm
Just to confirm marzski's comment - I hit Wintergreen all the time, multiple trips every year. I have not once been there when the blowers were on. I think they have a policy of only making snow at night.
Yes, normally I think that is correct, but they had posted a message that due to the circumstances they were going to run them 24/7 while they could to try and catch up (I assumed maybe this wasn’t the first time for that). I ended up going anyway and it wasn't bad at all. They didn't have every one of them on, just sporadically around the open trails.
Yeah, I stand corrected. Just looked at the web cams and they are indeed on while people are skiing.
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brigand wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:39 am
Woodsrider427 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:47 pm
brigand wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:49 pm
Just to confirm marzski's comment - I hit Wintergreen all the time, multiple trips every year. I have not once been there when the blowers were on. I think they have a policy of only making snow at night.
Yes, normally I think that is correct, but they had posted a message that due to the circumstances they were going to run them 24/7 while they could to try and catch up (I assumed maybe this wasn’t the first time for that). I ended up going anyway and it wasn't bad at all. They didn't have every one of them on, just sporadically around the open trails.
Yeah, I stand corrected. Just looked at the web cams and they are indeed on while people are skiing.
I totally understand why they have to do it, it was still thin in some spots. Especially at the top of Eagle’s Swoop, I wish I hadn’t used my newer skis.
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:28 pm

They def will blow, but the guns are well.placed and its rare that you have to ski directly into them
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