Snowmaking begins at Giants Ridge

Snowmaking season is underway at Giants Ridge. The targeted opening date of the season is Friday, Nov. 29. Photo courtesy of Giants Ridge.

Snowmaking season is underway at Giants Ridge. The targeted opening date of the season is Friday, Nov. 29. Photo courtesy of Giants Ridge.

BIWABIK — Giants Ridge began snowmaking for the 2019-2020 winter sports season on Tuesday evening, Oct. 30.

“Our staff will be working around the clock getting ready for the upcoming season,” said Fred Seymour, general manager at Giants Ridge. “Weather dependent, we’ve got a targeted opening date for the season of Friday, Nov. 29.”

Benji Neff, director of mountain sports at Giants Ridge, said, “You can’t have a ski season without the start of snowmaking season, which is one of our most exciting days of the year here at Giants Ridge.”

The Giants Ridge snowmaking crew is comprised of staff that work 24/7 to ensure the quality snow product that guests enjoy throughout the winter season.

“It all comes down to our team and the commitment to quality,” said Neff. “First and foremost, we are looking to make good, quality, consistent snow that’ll be around all season. We’re not necessarily concerned about being the first ski resort open… we’re looking and expecting to produce a dependable product that our guests have come to know and expect.”

Sean Peyla, director of mountain operations and facilities at Giants Ridge, oversees snowmaking for the resort.

“When it comes to making snow, there are many factors involved in creating a quality product for our guests,” said Peyla. “Just because it’s 32 degrees, that doesn’t mean we can make snow. There are many factors involved, with humidity being a big part of it, as well.”

The outdoor temperature and other factors, according to Peyla, have been good for the start of the snowmaking season.

“Though the initial start of snowmaking season is always labor intensive for our staff, next week’s forecast looks to be even more ideal to produce snow for the season,” added Peyla.

For more information visit GiantsRidge.com.

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