EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) – Yawgoo Valley is finally making snow just in time for its opening day this season.
The temperatures have finally dipped cold enough to support a fresh layer of man-made snow.
Employees at Yawgoo tell Eyewitness News colder is better when it comes to covering the hill with snow, and maintaining it.
“At 28 degrees, one gun can put out maybe 30 gallons of water per minute,” says Max Dewardener, the owner of Yawgoo Valley. “But at 10 degrees one gun can put out up to 150 gallons of water per minute, and it costs the same amount of money.”
Dewardener is looking forward to the colder temperatures coming in January to “bury the place” with snow.
As the owner and operator of the hill, Dewardener reflects on last season’s turnaround, where conditions after the holidays set him up for a record season of seventy-thousand visits. He’s hoping for the same this season.
“It’s all I can do to contain my people,” says Dewardener of the season’s delayed opening day. “They want to get out there and do some turns.”
Peter Johnston oversees the 145 ski instructors at the Valley.
“We already have some lessons coming in today,” says Johnston of Saturday’s schedule. “They called first thing this morning. “They looked at our web cam, they called up and scheduled some private lessons already.”
Other families will swing by the parking lot to check out the conditions, says Johnston.
With the right conditions, such as those in the upcoming week’s futurecast, Yawgoo Valley is prepared to put one-million gallons of water on the hill in a single night.