The air is whining outside - even louder than we skiers who whine inside, wanting more snow. All week long, the snowmaking machines have provided an audio backdrop to our daily duties here in the ol’ base lodge. Their constant din is a reminder that opening day is just hours away (Friday, Dec. 14th at 10am). Snowmakers scurry around on their snow machines, up and down the hills, moving a gun here, positioning a machine there, making sure there’s coverage everywhere. It’s like an army of snow artists, putting paint on the canvas to get ready for ski season’s debut. Braving frigid temperatures, chilling winds, and blinding snow, they alternately sweat and freeze under layers of clothing as they work primarily under dark cover of night (and into the day if temps permit.) Maintaining a vigil on our 130-gun snowmaking fleet from sundown until sunup requires a hardy crew who knows just what to do. Head snowmaking guru Mike Cutler just celebrated his 22nd anniversary here at Crystal, and he knows his snow. What makes winter white, particularly in these times when Mother Nature sporadically wanders off, are the 18 guys behind the 130 guns that provide this music to our ears. See you on the slopes this weekend!