Sandy's Snowfall Covers Ridgetop Communities in Commonwealth
On Tuesday, ridgetop communities in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are digging out from Sandy. The hurricane dumped several inches of snow including at Wintergreen Resort where they're ready for winter.
Sandy's winds continue to whip up her hurricane snow, which currently coats places like the slopes at Wintergreen Resort.
Through Monday evening, cameras at Wintergreen caught the superstorm's rains rolling in, but by daylight, it was a whiteout on the mountain.
"It's a little bit of a hurricane snowstorm," said Jay Roberts, Vice President of Resort Operations at Wintergreen. "Snow in October and November isn't that unusual. We'll get some. Snow associated with a hurricane on the coast and 68 mile per hour wind gusts up top is certainly something we haven't seen."
They've measured 3 to 4 inches of snow at the base of Wintergreen Resort. At the top of the mountain at Devil's Knob, they've already measured about 6 inches of snow, and it keeps coming down.
The lifts are still, and the snowfall isn't enough to put the resort over the edge of opening. Roberts said, "There are a lot of winter enthusiasts jonesin' for snow and they're getting their first taste of it."
Wintergreen is always waiting for the snow. "Last winter was a really good opportunity for us to look at the weather and realize it was time to make a huge investment in our snowmaking," Roberts said.
The resort will fire up $6 million worth of new snowmaking equipment this season. The upgrades double Wintergreen's capacity for man-made snow.
And if Sandy's snow is any sign, skiers will slide down the slopes very soon. "We'll essentially bury the place," said Roberts. "Winter is right around the corner."
Wintergreen says Tuesday's snow will provide a big boost to its water supply, which is used to make snow. November 15 is the big date. That's when the resort really starts tracking the forecast for prolonged periods of cold weather in order to open the slopes.
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