EDEN -- The freezing temperatures of recent weeks have provided ideal snowmaking conditions for local ski resorts, and one of them has put that opportunity to use in a unique way.
Visitors to Wolf Mountain this weekend will be greeted by a large mound of snow between the lodge and the main lift -- the result of a single snowmaking machine operating for 78 consecutive hours.
Mountain manager Jeff Summers, who came up with the idea, said it's a chance to showcase the resort's snowmaking capabilities.
"We already needed to make snow there, so we thought we'd just keep it running and show people what it can do in a three-day period," Summers said.
However, the creation isn't just for show. From now through 9 a.m. on Monday, people will have the opportunity to guess how tall the mound is, down to the inch. At 10 a.m. on Monday, resort personnel will stick a probe into the mound and measure its depth. The person who comes up with the nearest estimate will be awarded a free season pass to Wolf Mountain for the 2013-14 season.
Summers said the contest is open to anyone, not just those who buy a lift ticket. People can give their guesses to a resort employee who will be standing by with a clipboard, or can submit them on the resort's Facebook page.
"Someone is going to be skiing or snowboarding for free on our mountain next season," Summers said.