February has been very trying time for everyone at Snowater. While the new snow was welcomed by all skiers and boarders, the unusually high volume of snow that fell at the lower elevations this month caused multiple power outages and daily accumulations of snow that just kept piling up.
We had snow on the ground at Snowater well before Christmas along with some rain that created treacherous walking conditions during the holidays. The maintenance staff was constantly sanding to keep the pathways and condo entrances safe. The snow was particularly heavy during the first week of February. One evening it rained for a few hours creating a thick layer of ice on the roadways and vehicles and then it snowed for 4-5 days in a row to create a “winter wonderland” rarely experienced at Snowater. However, it also created a very dangerous situation. The trees became so heavy, many just toppled over while some bent at the top from the added weight and just snapped. At the time of this writing, we have over 167 trees down, 33 uprooted and toppled over, 9 trees on buildings and 125 snapped. It will take at least another 3 weeks to get back to normal. Kudos to our hard working Maintenance Crew.