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Thanksgiving's Eve Dinner

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Eating on the run, my mom and I are heading to my aunt's for Thanksgiving.
23rd Nov 2006, 03:19   comments (2)

Snowmaking Report

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Benzolio reporting from Giants Ridge Ski Resort in Biwabik, MN.

A bit higher resolution version...

More Snow Making

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The only time I have seen these ice formations is during the making of
artificial snow and prolonged freezing rain. When the temperature is
just right, water droplets stay liquid in the air but grassblades are
freezing cold. Once the process gets started the ice fingers grow
much longer than the blade of grass that started them out.Now that the air has cooled down a few degrees, the snowguns are
making snow properly, but some of these snowfingers, reaching up from
the ground, are not yet covered. With a clear sky above and more than
sufficiently cool temperatures, the snow guns will once again be
running all night long.

Giants Ridge *Tentative Opening Scheduled for Friday!

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The snow is piling up nicely! The more I take the same picture from
the same spot, the more it looks like a different place. There was
only a touch of snow at the edges of buildings 2 days ago. This may
be artificial snow, but it is good enough for me. I will be hitting
the slopes this coming weekend.

*Edit: The Giants Ridge Pre-season Opening has been resceduled for December 2nd.

snow making at giants ridge

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Snow making at Giants Ridge is really kicking into gear, now. There's snow everywhere, but mother nature didn't bring this. This is all the work of technology.

Snowguns All Night

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Snow making efforts have continued all day. A haze looms over the
Giants Ridge Resort area, and drifts are begining to form. As of 11PM
CDT, Visibility is limited on Giants Ridge Road in varying degrees for
a couple miles in either direction from the resort, due to the
snowmaking cloud. For about one quarter mile either way from the
entrance to the resort parking lot, visibility is limited down to
about 20 feet.

snowguns started

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Management has finally given the order to the maintenance department to make snow. It seems it would have never happened, if the decision was left to maintenence. The bottom of the hill is rather slushy, but we may actually be riding the hill soon!

Everything must go!

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My mother is selling the house where I grew up, and I have less than a week to claim any reminders of my childhood that remain in the basement. Boy, did I keep a lot of reminders! Almost half of this stuff is/was mine, 30% belongs to the other 3 members of my immediate family, and the rest is garbage.
18th Nov 2006, 00:19   comments (7)