Snowmaking equipment was started up after sunset Dec. 4 and ran through the night until 8 a.m. the next morning at the Camden Snow Bowl.

The morning of Dec. 5, snowmaking paused when the three-phase power temporarily went down. Central Maine Power was called, and after fixing the problem, snowmaking resumed at noon, according to Snow Bowl Assistant Director Holly Edwards.

Snow Bowl Mountain Manager Tom Beauregard will be watching temperatures and weather conditions, and making adjustments accordingly, according to a press release from the ski area.

The ideal snowmaking temperature is between 12 and15 degrees. Snow can be made when the temperature is below 20 degrees, even with 100 percent humidity, he said.. A short-lived temperature increase during the day does not make much difference, as long as temperatures go back down to the mid-20s, Beauregard explained.

Wind chills can have an effect on the water lines freezing, and blowing wind moves the snow where Beauregard doesn't necessarily want it to be. Conditions such as temperatures in the high 20s, and humidity above 30 percent, make fairly low-quality snow.

If there are unfavorable conditions, snowmaking will be shut down to save hours and money, then restarted when the temperature is favorable again, according to Beauregard.

As snowmaking continues, Snow Bowl management will commit to an opening date. The target for season opening, weather permitting, is Dec. 22, according to Edwards.

"If we can open sooner, it would be Dec. 15, but that’s wishful thinking at this point,” she said. “We will be watching the forecast, and monitoring the snow accumulation. And it would be nice for natural snow to mix in along the way here, too.”