Volunteers make snow in advance of Special Olympic Winter GamesPosted: Updated:
Mother nature is expected to dump some snow all across Connecticut on Monday night and later in the week, but in Simsbury, they're getting a head start.
For the next few days there will be a constant roar along Route 202 as the man-made mist of snow flies through the air, preparing the spot for the Special Olympic Winter Games.
The snow guns will run around-the-clock for the next four days at Connecticut Light & Power's Simsbury Work Center.
In roughly six weeks the large fields will be turned into a winter wonderland, filled with hundreds of special Olympians going for gold in both cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.
The goal is to have enough snow for an 18-inch base.
Currently the conditions are perfect, cold and clear, so the plan is to make as much man-made snow as they can in advance of the festivities.
It's a big process.
Roughly 2,400 feet of piping carrying the water and compressed air runs across the front lawn, and officials said they can expect to use more than 750,000 gallons of water this week to make the snow.
The snow-making volunteers, mostly Northeast Utilities employees and retirees, have been doing this since 1991. The half-dozen or so snow guns spray out a steady stream, and after running nonstop for more than 72 hours, they'll be left with some man made mountains.
Then at some point in February those volunteers cut down the piles and cover the course as the games get closer.
The plan is to get a good base down and let mother nature do her thing the rest of January and February.
Volunteers will then groom the course and get it ready for the competition the first weekend in March.
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