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[WI] Lapham Peak Snowmaking

Postby xxxxx » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:35 am

I've been reading a lot about snowmaking at Lapham Peak, and have even contributed some cash to the project, but I haven't yet seen anything that indicates that snow making is actually happening on a regular basis.

Obviously, good snowmaking is the cure to crappy conditions like we're now experiencing in Southern WI, and it's a little curious to me why the program isn't going at full steam.

Anyone have an explanation?

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Postby Biffbradford » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:12 pm

No explanation, but I was thinking the same thing ... it was functioning last year. They could have stockpiled a mountain with that cold snap we had and now there would be a foot deep base.

Oh well, looks like no racing in the next 7 days. Boooo!!
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Postby xxxxx » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:54 pm

You hit the nail on the head. While snowmaking is relatively new concept for XC, the downhill operators know that whenever the temps drop below 15 degrees F, you fire up the snow guns and make mountains of the stuff for later use.

Do you know if the Lapham Peak project is complete, or are they still building the system?

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Postby Biffbradford » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:13 pm

Hard to tell:

http://thesimplesecrets.com/Lapham/

http://www.laphampeakfriends.org/Snowmaking.htm

I just fired off a quick email to Ed Musik as listed on the DNR site. I'm sure we're not the only two wondering what's up with that! :D
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Postby kuan » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:16 pm

When the holding pond freezes or runs empty you're done making snow.

If it's too warm and you don't have a holding pond to get the water down to 33-34F you can't make snow. Water has to be cold.

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Postby xxxxx » Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:56 pm

Are you saying this is what happened at Lapham, or or you just stating the basics about snowmaking that everyone already knows?

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Postby kuan » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:37 pm

Slider Strider wrote:Are you saying this is what happened at Lapham, or or you just stating the basics about snowmaking that everyone already knows?


You sound bitter. I don't know what's happening at Lapham. I don't know how they are set up. For one reason or another, in most areas snowmaking has already stopped. I know up here for example at Elm Creek they make a enough snow to cover about two feet of a 2.5km course and then they stop. They do it all in about two weeks.

Trollhaugen, for example, has the holding pond at the top of the hill. The can make snow at 30F because they pump the water up there and let it chill before they shoot it out of the cannons.

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Postby Biffbradford » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:50 pm

I don't think Lapham made any snow this year. Did they? Not that they had to because we had early natural snow, but that's all thin ice now.
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Postby smeurett » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:53 am

Skied at Lapham on Saturday Jan 3rd-(first time there) for a Special Olympics training day for WI/ Ill skiers-picked Lapham because of the snow making-figured we have something to ski on no matter what? As it turned out, the trail down on the snow making/lighted loop wasn't open-pretty much ice from the recent rains they've had. There were piles of blown snow and some of it had been moved around and covered parts of the trail there, but most was grassy and ice. We went up to another loop (Homestead) and it was really pretty good. The groomer was making lap after lap with the Ginzu choppin hardpack and then set some decent tracks. It was a perfect loop for our World Games athletes who needed practice climbing and decending and double poling. Skating was rocket fast! :) This is a really nice trail system and I enjoyed talking to the groomer. (Didn't ask about the snowmaking though).

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Postby Biffbradford » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:16 am

I never got a reply to my email. The latest on SkinnySki.Com indicates that there is some snow making in progress. The "Friends" page says there is 300 yards of man made snow, but _some_ skiing back in the woods.

http://www.laphampeakfriends.org/ViewSk ... panded.php

As far as I can tell there will be NO racing this week at Lapham.
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Postby jeffexpress » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:11 am

I was just at Lapham Peak yesterday for some night skiing and there were a couple snow making machines going. The course was great.

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Postby Biffbradford » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:16 pm

Awesome. :-)

"Official Lapham Peak Trail Report on Wednesday January 14th, 2009 12:21 pm.
by Jay A..
Lapham Peak got a little over an inch of dry snow early Wednesday morning. All the trails were rolled and the track was left in place. There is drifting in the open areas. The lights will be on tonight until 10:00pm. Wednesday night ski league races start @ 6:45 pm grade school 7:00pm high school, 7:40 pm adults. "
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Postby Biffbradford » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:07 pm

Taken this past Saturday - not sure why they put it where they did, or what they're going to do with it ...

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Postby Biffbradford » Thu May 21, 2009 5:54 pm

http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/45731467.html

Lapham Peak unit receives donation for snowmaking, trail maintenance

By Darryl Enriquez of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: May. 21, 2009 3:10 p.m.

Town of Delafield - A friends group is donating $15,000 to the Lapham Peak Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest to purchase snowmaking equipment and maintain ski trails.

The donation is on the agenda of the Natural Resources Board for its regular meeting Tuesday and Wednesday next week in Baraboo.

The friends group raises money for the park, a popular cross country skiing location. The agenda says the group has raised a total of $175,000 for the park.
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