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Snowmaking at Indianhead Mountain – Photos – 2016

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Saturday December 19th, 2015 - 1:15 pm

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Big Powderhorn Mountain ResortOpening on Wednesday, Dec. 23 for the season!! The snowmaking crew got some great production last night! ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday December 19th, 2015 - 1:15 pm

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INDIANHEAD MOUNTAIN STATS
–  638 Vertical feet
–  Annual snowfall of over 17 feet
–  30 wide open runs on over 230 acres
–  9 lifts and tows including a Magic Carpet conveyor lift
–  2 terrain parks   Big Chief and Timber Wolf beginner park
–  15 Expert Black Runs(50%)     10 Intermediate Blue Runs(33%)
5 Beginner Green Runs (17%)
–  Lifts run 9am to 4pm daily

DINING
Lodge restaraunt, Sky Bar and Grille, Smiley’s Cafe, Summit cafeteria

BARS
Sky Bar and Grille, Red Dog Saloon, Dudley’s Saloon

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Nub’s Nob Ski Area – Snowmaking

Great Snow! It’s the single most important ingredient at a ski/snowboard resort and the #1 priority at Nub’s Nob. Without great snow, nothing else matters. While our natural snowfall average hovers around the 123” per year mark, artificial snowmaking is still the lifeblood of the area. Our experience, commitment and dedication to producing the finest man made snow surfaces is the cornerstone of our mission.

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It takes a lot of snow guns to make snow.

292 of our patented Nub’s Nob snow guns are used to cover the entire area. This gun was invented and patented right here at Nub’s and is the original energy efficient fan gun the rest of the world is still catching up with. These guns can turn over 50 gallons of water per minute into snow at temperatures below 29 degrees and over 100 gallons of water per minute in snow at temperatures below 17 degrees. We like it cold!

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S.7. EP. 5. – THIS IS WHAT WE DO – Snowmaking from Nub's Nob Webcasts on Vimeo.

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Jim Bartlett has been the general manager of Nub’s Nob Ski Area in Harbor Springs since 1977. In this video, he talks about Nub’s Nob’s arsenal of snowguns that includes the world’s largest — known affectionately to the Nub’s crew as “The Hammer” — and how they supplement nature’s snowfall each season to create first-class conditions for skiers and snowboarders. Nub’s Nob plans to open for the season Nov. 30, 2012.

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Boyne Snowmaking: Making Winter When Mother Nature Fails

Boyne Snowmaking

Sure, Mother Nature can make beautiful stuff.

She’ll wow you when you wake up to a lovely few inches of glittering flakes as rare and precious as diamonds. But Mother Nature is an unpredictable and sometimes temperamental creature. She’ll tease you and taunt you with a mid-October four inches of surprise powder that will urge you to trade your shorts and t-shirts for snow scrapers and ice melt. And then she’ll follow up with a November that feels a little more like a June, leaving you sweating in your preemptively-donned snowsuit.

But, when Mother Nature fails to provide, it is mankind that steps in.

Man, coupled with machine, tames and harnesses Mother Nature’s processes to create winter. He utilizes the same raw ingredients as Mother Nature–water, air, and energy–to produce a winter that he can rely on. After years of growing frustration with Mother Nature’s untimeliness, a tool was invented to control what no man previously could.

Invented in 1950, the snow cannon could blast a mid-February sized supply of man-made snow. Soon after, Boyne Mountain began experimenting with the snowmaking process, even patenting their own Boyne Snowmaker which was six times more energy-efficient than most systems. While other snow guns could make snow at 28°F degrees, Boyne could make snow at 30°F.

Like mathematicians correcting a difficult equation, the Boyne Mountain Snowmaking Crew has perfected the process of snowmaking over many years to reach more complex, precise and efficient capacities. Boyne recently unveiled a new and improved snow gun called the Boyne Low-E Fan, which makes better snow, is easier and less expensive to use, and makes more snow faster with little water wasted in the process. The crew starts the process with a reservoir of water which is then forced through a pipeline up the mountain. The water is allotted to a series of valves and pipes to the areas where snow is needed.

Next, the Boyne Mountain crew adds air. In the old days, Boyne added air to their snow guns with a huge, military-grade compressor, affectionately known as “Big Bertha,” that could be heard all over Boyne City. However, today the Boyne Low-E Fan Guns take air from twin screw style compressors which save energy and completes the perfect formula at a much quieter level. Now that the process is complete, the Boyne Mountain Snowmaking Crew steps back to let the magic happen. Heavy duty snow flies through the air and falls to the ground, piling up on those dainty little flakes that Mother Nature left.

While Mother Nature can gift us with unique, magical flecks that float down from the sky, she does not always supply enough to feed the hunger for hefty loads of snow that winter-lovers require. It is then that the Boyne Mountain crew steps in heroically to rescue the season. Thank you, Boyne Mountain Snowmaking Crew!

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Snowmaking at Boyne Mountain – Photos – 2018

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Sunday April 4th, 2021 - 1:21 pm

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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> We couldn't have asked for a better day to ski and golf! ⛷⛳️
Thank you to everyone who came out to this year's Hemlock Open and congratulations to all the participants. ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnow
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Thursday April 1st, 2021 - 11:15 am

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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> April showers? How about April snow flurries?❄️
#nofooling ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnowApril showers? How about April snow flurries?❄️
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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> April showers? How about April snow flurries?❄️
#nofooling ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnow

Wednesday March 24th, 2021 - 8:13 pm

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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> Grab your sticks and boards, spring skiing is in full swing at Boyne Mountain. 🌞
Starting Friday, March 26, lifts are spinning from 9am-6pm daily through April 4.
We currently do not have a set closing date for the 2020/21 season. Our plan is to keep the slopes open for as long as Mother Nature allows.🤞
📸: 3/23/21 ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnowGrab your sticks and boards, spring skiing is in full swing at Boyne Mountain. 🌞

Starting Friday, March 26, lifts are spinning from 9am-6pm daily through April 4.

We currently do not have a set closing date for the 2020/21 season. Our plan is to keep the slopes open for as long as Mother Nature allows.🤞

📸: 3/23/21
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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> Grab your sticks and boards, spring skiing is in full swing at Boyne Mountain. 🌞
Starting Friday, March 26, lifts are spinning from 9am-6pm daily through April 4. 
We currently do not have a set closing date for the 2020/21 season. Our plan is to keep the slopes open for as long as Mother Nature allows.🤞
📸: 3/23/21 ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnow

Tuesday March 16th, 2021 - 2:02 pm

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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> Mother Nature is keeping things fresh for us with some sneaky overnight snow. ❄ ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnowMother Nature is keeping things fresh for us with some sneaky overnight snow. ❄ ... See MoreSee Less

FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> Mother Nature is keeping things fresh for us with some sneaky overnight snow. ❄ ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnow

Saturday March 13th, 2021 - 3:19 am

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FROM Boyne Mountain Resort --> We're not done yet. Snowmaking is back! ... #boynemountain #snowphotos #boynemountainsnow ... See MoreSee Less

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Snowmaking at Boyne Highlands – Photos – 2018

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Snowmaking at The Homestead – February Cold Blast Means Great Ski Conditions

How many gallons of water does it take to cover all the runs at The Homestead with machine-made snow? What’s the perfect combination of conditions for snowmaking? We caught up with The Homestead’s master snowmaker, Steve Sanborn, for these answers and more. Read on.

When most people think of Northern Michigan in winter, they naturally think of snow—deep, deep snow. So it may come as a surprise to learn that The Homestead has any snowmaking machines at all.

But the resort’s coastal location provides some unique challenges where snow is concerned. That’s why, years ago, The Homestead invested in top-of-the-line SMI snowmaking machines to take over when Mother Nature doesn’t exactly cooperate. Steve Sanborn is the man in charge of making those machines hum.

How has this year been on the snowmaking front? Have the snowmaking machines been quiet thanks to all the snow we’ve been having?

On the contrary, we have been quite busy. The resort’s grooming staff does an excellent job in presenting runs in a way that most skiers have no idea they are skiing over a golf course. Filling in the sand traps with snow, smoothing out the bunkers—contouring winter ski runs over land that is used as a golf course for the rest of the year requires a significant amount of snow.

How many snowmaking machines do you have? What are the ideal conditions for making snow?

We have five stationary tower guns and fourteen traditional snow guns—the barrel-shaped kind that we can move throughout the ski area. We also have twelve snow-sticks that are used for narrower runs. But none of it works without the right conditions. Basically, what you’re looking for are temperatures in the mid-teens, low humidity and minimal wind.

What are some of the unique challenges of making snow at a place like The Homestead?

Two major challenges being right next to Lake Michigan are the water and the wind. Water acts as an insulator at this time of year (until it freezes). Typically, air temperatures here at the resort are 5- to 10-degrees warmer than areas just a few more miles inland. As for the wind, the almost constantly blowing wind coming off Lake Michigan makes it difficult to keep snow on the North Face of the ski hill.

Where does the water for the snowmaking machines come from at The Homestead?

It takes approximately 12-million gallons of snow to cover all of our ski runs. We’re lucky to have a river flowing right through the property—the Crystal River, which is our primary water source. Wells at The Homestead also provide water. We take the water out, transform it into snow, and—when it all melts in the spring—the water goes right back where it came from.

What are some of the conservation measures The Homestead takes to making more efficient?

The SMI snowmaking machines we use at The Homestead are really topnotch. They’re all designed to maximize efficiency, specifically when it comes to conserving electricity used in the snowmaking process.

Any memorable tales from the snowmaking trenches?

Looking back over the years, one incident that remains most memorable is the time that our snowmaking team returned from the booster pump house on a routine operations check to find the snowmobile they road in on entirely engulfed in flames. The apparent cause was an electrical wire short, and the team brought things under control quickly; however, we were reminded that a seemingly “tame” job like snowmaking, definitely presents its own challenges to snowmakers.

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Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 - 11:27 pm

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Watching for this sunset every night while at Homestead-2 more to go!

A ship out there!

Sunday August 30th, 2020 - 11:18 am

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Sunset Saturday 8.29.2020

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Wow spectacular!!! Of course we left yesterday and missed it 😭

We were there - it was windy and rainy but AMAZING !

Beautiful !

It was GORGEOUS!

Just amazing!!!

Gorgeous!

Be there in 2 days!

Stunning!

Gorgeous!

Always Beautiful sunsets at Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear 🌅

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Sunday August 30th, 2020 - 10:13 am

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Tuesday August 25th, 2020 - 4:56 pm

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Michigan Pork for our Cuban Sandwich.
Love it!!! #puremichigan #michiganpork #dadecounty #305miami
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That’s kind of a disgusting picture!

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