Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Hannah Ponders rides down the 400-foot tubing hill at Snow Mountain this past December.
Bundle up. Saturday's forecast is calling for snow.
Stone Mountain Park's Laser Lawn will be blanketed in acres of soft, downy precipitation for the first time this winter season when Snow Mountain opens Saturday.
Gwinnett resident can enjoy a winter wonderland of activities for all ages. As adventurous mountain-goers brave the 400-foot glide down Memorial Lawn on tubes, kids and the young at heart can get crafty in the Snow Zone, where three unique play zones offer hours of entertainment, from snow construction projects in Igloo City to target practice in the Snowball Shooting Gallery.
Specially designed for younger kids -- ages 3 and younger -- Snowflake Hill provides the perfect setting for a first snow experience.
Beginning to feel a chill setting in? Warm up at one of the Hotspots or take a break around a bonfire at SnowFire Point, where warm, gooey s'mores are the daily special.
Snow will fall on the Laser Lawn select dates through March 7. Project engineer Paul Creasey said the amount of snow covering the lawn is equal to that which would cover about three football fields. The park began making snow Nov. 1 in anticipation of opening day. The snow is created using water borrowed from the park's lake that is filtered and treated. Snow-making machines, like those used at ski resorts, then chill the treated water until it becomes snow. Melted snow is redirected back to Stone Mountain Lake through a custom-designed drainage system.
Stone Mountain Park's machines can produce up to 240 tons of soft, downy snow a day and the snow will be replenished as needed over the course of the next three months.
To plan a visit to Stone Mountain Park's winter attraction, 770-498-5690 or visit www.snowmountainpark.com.