Paoli Peaks rebounds with snowy weather | Weather
The first three weeks of December brought zero snow along with temperatures that averaged 8-9 degrees above normal to southern Indiana. Coming off a mild winter last year, the prospects for upcoming ski season at Paoli Peaks Ski Resort were below peak level.
But three winter events since Christmas night along with abundant cold air has been a windfall for skiiers who travel from Dubois and Pike Counties over to the region's only skiing facility. High temperatures through Friday will be in the upper 20s/lower 30s. Temperates will fall into the 20s at night...perfect for skiing.
With colder temperature over the past few days, Paoli Peaks has been able to increase its base snow depth to 36 inches and open all of its 15 trails. The resort is now fully operational and ready to accommodate skiers and snowboarders to the resort's capacity. NASTAR ski and snowboard racing will commence this weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday. With overnight low temperatures in the upper teens on Wednesday night, the resort was able to make up to 8 inches of snow in some spots. Snowmaking resumed again last night adding an additional 3-4 inches bringing the total base to 36 inches.
“It was very important for us to get the resort open for families to enjoy during the Winter Break. With most kids being out of school for a full 16 days this year, we worked very hard to get as many trails open as quickly as possible”, says Matt Grenier, Paoli Peaks General Manager.
Paoli Peaks has over 110 Stationary towers & machines. The high efficiency equipment pumps 6000 gallons of water per minute, or 12 inches of machine made snow over the entire ski area in a 24-hour period at temperatures of 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Paoli Peaks is a full service skiing/snowboarding facility. It has a Natural Hill with a 300 ft vertical drop and an average grade of 10%-15%. There are 15 trails that range in terrain from Beginner to Advanced with a Progression Terrain Park for all levels. There are 3 Triple Chair lifts, 1 Quad Chair, 1 Beginner Double Chair, 1 Rope Tow, and Two carpets with an uphill capacity of 11,200 skiers per hour. The Arctic Blast Tubing Facilities have up to 9 lanes on 700 ft slopes.