King Pine’s Top Notch Snowmaking
It's a prefect time to hit the trails at King Pine. (King PIne)
With fresh snow falling, the January thaw is a distant memory at New Hampshire’s King Pine. Joining the groomer’s work making for great snow surfaces, snowmakers fired up across the mountain this week.
“King Pine always survives and thrives better than most when it comes to New England weather challenges and a January thaw. We remained open for day and night skiing, snowtubing, ice-skating, sleigh rides and more and conditions were stellar this past weekend thanks to our seasoned groomers with all but one trail open,” King Pine’s Thomas Prindle told SnoCountry.com.
“Snowmakers lit up the mountain starting Monday night refreshing all of our trails and will continue through the week. With today’s natural snow accumulations, we’ll be right back to 100 percent open by this weekend with ideal snow surfaces,” Prindle told us.
To maintain its snowmaking infrastructure, which is capable of covering 100 percent of its trails, King Pine recently spent close to a $300,000 installing 5,000 feet of new larger diameter snowmaking pipe; acquired 45 additional new HKD Snowmakers high-efficiency, low-energy tower and ground guns; and upgraded and refurbished four of its fan guns to the most up-to-date specifications.
All of this positions King Pine to move greater amounts of water, increase snowmaking performance, operate more guns covering greater terrain more quickly, all while significantly reducing the energy expended to do so.
January is Learn To Ski & Snowboard month and conditions are ideal to learn the basics. New skiers and riders can take the Learn To Ski & Snowboard beginner package for $39 in January. For ages 8+, the Learn To package includes lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment.
King Pine is also joining in with other Ski New Hampshire resorts to celebrate Ski New Hampshire Weekend, Jan. 27-28, recognizing New Hampshire's rich skiing heritage with special events, activities, demos, samples and of course, skiing and riding.