Ski Conditions at Yawgoo Valley

Clay Hartman is a real-life snowman. The maintenance manager at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park grooms twelve trails every morning while the sun rises. At night, when temperatures drop to ideal conditions, he and a crew of three operate the park’s fifteen snowmakers. They start the machines an hour before closing and if it’s cold enough, run them all night. It must be thirty-one degrees or below to make snow, but cooler temperatures create more powder using the same amount of power. “The colder and drier the air, the more we can make,” Hartman says. “Basically, you get more snow for your dollar.” Contrary to popular belief, the machines don’t actually form flakes. “We just spray water in the air and hope it comes out white.” he says.