Bristol Mountain gets ready for upcoming ski season

Posted at: 11/26/2012 4:58 PM
Updated at: 11/26/2012 5:40 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

There may not be snow on the ground in Rochester, but there is up to a foot of snow in areas on Bristol Mountain.

This weekend, Bristol Mountain starting making snow. They don't have enough to ski yet, but it has workers pretty excited about the season.

People think Mother Nature makes the best snow, the most natural. But snow technicians at Bristol Mountain can make any type of snow. It's a secret they haven't ever shared until now.

Up on top of Bristol Mountain, it's a winter wonderland. A quiet sanctuary of snow covered trees and fresh tracks.

Ken Kennan, Bristol Mountain snow maker, said, “It gets pretty crazy and pretty exciting. Everybody's excited about getting snow made and getting the area open.”

But it's not ready yet, Bristol officials started running the snow guns on Saturday night and all day Sunday, but they can't make it everywhere.

Keenan said, “So far, it calculates out to be about 12 acre feet of snow. That we've made so far.”

Ken Keenan is in charge of snow making at Bristol.

Keenan said, “There's definitely a method to my madness usually.”

A method controlled completely by computer.

Keenan said, “It tell you whether or not guns are running and you can start and stop guns just by pushing buttons. Well what's even crazier is look at this gun. Now this gun we can set on whatever snow quality we want. Snow quality one being the driest, snow quality ten being the wettest. So when we have this gun running, it will adjust with ever degree drop or rise to maintain that snow quality.”

It's snow making at it's finest.

Keenan said, “Very few people get a chance to see what's going on in the backroom here.”

Twenty four to 25 degrees is all Ken needs to turn a grassy hill into a white run.

Keenan said, “So you can see temperatures have gone up and now in the afternoon they're starting to go back down again.”

And it's only a matter of time before the hills are covered and Mother Nature takes over.

Keenan said, “You're doing stuff that you know people are gonna have a good time on. They're gonna enjoy using the product that we've made.”

Bristol Mountain officials say they really can't tell yet when they'll be open. They need a long stretch of temperatures in the low 20's before they can start to estimate.