The Deer Valley Ski Patrol has been very busy since my last post. We spent the week leading up to resort opening chasing the snowmakers around the mountain, as the cold temperatures allowed them to cover a huge amount of terrain. We had a great opening with phenomenal conditions thanks to the snowmaking and grooming teams. We have recently had some help from Mother Nature in the form of nearly three feet of snow. This new snow has enabled us to open up even more terrain in the last few days. The latest storms were wetter than the usual light and dry Utah powder, which will make a great base for the season. We are now at over sixty runs open with eighteen lifts running. The Ski Patrol is out on the mountain maintaining what we have opened so far and working toward the future with more lifts and terrain coming soon.
The Deer Valley Ski Patrol has been on the job since the middle of November preparing for another great season on the mountain. Many do not understand the incredible amount of hard work and training that these men and women put in each and every day to make the mountain as safe as it can be and an enjoyable experience for everyone. The patrol spends the weeks leading up to our opening day, training and honing their skills in medical response, avalanche mitigation and lift evacuation. Then comes hard work and a little bit of fun of setting up the mountain for opening day. We are obligated to ski all the terrain we are opening to ensure it is ready for our guests, sounds tough but I assure you it is necessary. Once we determine what is ready to open we put up the signs, ropes and pads that are needed for a fun, safe and successful opening.
The ski patrol has been tuned in to the weather lately, anxiously watching for storms and favorable temperatures for snowmaking. The mountain is a very dynamic place these days as we try to keep up with what Mother Nature delivers. We are monitoring the snowpack since it first started to fall in October because this becomes the ‘foundation’ upon which we build the snowpack for the season, and we hope that it is BIG.