KEYSTONE - Keystone terrain park crews are making man made snow this week, guaranteeing the resort will have enough snow for this weekend's Rail Jam at the base area.
Twenty-five tons of snow will be laid down about a foot deep for the September Rail Jam. The challenge has not only been to build rail features for rail jam events but to also create an oasis of powder in a base area parking lot.
"It's pretty tough to do but we will make it work," Keystone terrain park supervisor Tony Wertin said.
"We bring it in from Denver. It's 25 tons of snow that comes in 40 pound bags," Wertin said. "It takes a lot of people to spread it out, cut open the bags and make sure our surface is evenly coated with that, basically shaved ice like you would get in a snow cone."
Teams are also laying down more than 100 bales of straw to help keep the show in place.
Keystone employee Walker Lutz said crews are also doing the tedious task of laying down M-Snow, which is an artificial surface made up of more than 700 small squares that need to be secured using thousands screws.
Despite the mountain summer heat in the mid 70s, Wertin guarantees that there will be snow in Keystone this weekend.
Keystone's Rail Jam is scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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