Snow On Thanksgiving? New Technology Makes It Possible At California's China Peak
Even with the annual uncertainty around Sierra snowfall, this upcoming ski season will be the first that China Peak’s operators can fully deploy a new capital investment.
Work on the $3 million snowmaking system at the ski resort began in 2018. And while it was ready to be used last season, co-owner Tim Cohee, managing partner with China Peak Mountain Resort LLC, said the Creek Fire kept them from operating.
This year, they plan on having their first runs by Thanksgiving — if not earlier. The new system allows them to create snow regardless of the rainfall. The only thing they require is for the mountain to be cold enough to keep the snow from melting.
“This will be the first time with a system of this size — which is one of the ten largest in the state,” said Cohee. “We’re excited to see what this thing can do.”