We Love Snow: Randy

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"Everybody says that snowmaking has kept me young...younger." - Randy "RFB" Barrows

When Ski Magazine named Mount Snow, Best Snow in The East for 2019, it came as a surprise to some, but not to Randy. For 35 years, Randy and his crew have been the reason Mount Snow lives up to its name whether Mother Nature wants to help out, or not.

After 35 years on the job, you’d think you could find Randy spending his shifts sitting in the control room and enjoying the simple joys of being dry and warm for a change, but that’s just not the kind of person he is. Instead, you’ll find him out on the hill lighting up guns, adjusting the flows, and leading by example to teach the next generation of snowmakers the ins and outs of the Most Powerful Snowmaking System in The Northeast.

Days start with an attack plan, drawn on the wall by hand, over maps that show the location of each and every one of the 950+ snowguns that he and his crew have at their disposal. It’s here that they discuss the progress made during the previous night, choose the next trails they’ll be expanding to, and identify what areas could benefit from a little resurfacing before the weekend. In the end, it’s all about how to maximize the full power and potential of this new system and it all comes down to a deep knowledge of the mountain and its weather patterns that have been learned over the course of decades spent on these slopes.

After years of being restricted by water and dreaming of the days when he can just fire up and go, his wishes were finally granted with the completion of the West Lake Water Project at the start of the 17/18 snowmaking season. Now, with twice the pumping capacity and six times the water storage of the old system, Randy and his team can fire up and keep producing as long as temperatures allow, without having to worry about keeping water in reserve. With this newfound freedom, Randy and the boys over in snowmaking really let loose last season, painting trails wall-to-wall at a rate previously unimaginable.

As for this season, we all benefited from Randy’s knowledge and expertise in the form of our earliest opening in Mount Snow’s 64-year-history. While Mother Nature has been a bit of a fickle mistress ever since, we can’t wait to see what Randy and his team will do once the mercury drops and they head back up the mountain to do battle.

No matter what your connection to the mountain, be it Randy making it snow, Cleon laying down that corduroy, Tera bringing the gift of skiing and riding to all, or The Petersons enjoying a weekend with friends, we are all connected by our love of snow. As you look around at both the new and familiar faces around the mountain, you quickly realize that we’re all bound by the same mantra “We Love Snow.” So, this winter, we’d love to see what “we love snow” means to you. Tag your memories with #welovesnow and we’ll be sure to feature them throughout the winter, and who knows, you might just find yourself on camera sharing your love of snow with us all.

See you out there!

 

 

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