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'Modern Marvels' explores Storm Peak Laboratory, snowmaking

A fascination with snowmaking and the tracking of climate change brought TV producer Jeffrey Willerth to Steamboat Springs.

Willerth, a producer for the show “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel, has been filming in and out of Steamboat for several years. He is making an episode called “Snow.”

Willerth is highlighting the Storm Peak Laboratory and the Steamboat Ski Area.



The show is scheduled to air in December, but that is subject to change.

“Willerth was interested in knowing about our on-mountain improvements and how a ski area gets ready for the upcoming season,” said Heidi Thomsen, public relations manager for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. “He was interested in seeing how the whole operation takes place.”



The segment is slated to include bits on snowmaking. The ski area laid new pipe on the Vogue and Tomahawk trails, which Willerth will feature. The episode also may look at the installation of the new Sunshine Express lift and the renovations at Thunderhead and Rendezvous Saddle.

The “Modern Marvels” show will explore snow in a variety of ways, looking at the work Storm Peak Laboratory has done to track snow conditions and climate change atop the ski area.

“This lab is unique to Colorado,” said Ian McCubbin, one of the chief operators of Storm Peak Laboratory. “One does similar measurements at Mount Bachelor (in Oregon). It’s not an extensive lab. They don’t have the overnight capability. I would say we are unique.”

Willerth is scheduled to spend Saturday at the laboratory atop Storm Peak, exploring the work that takes place there.

“Modern Marvels” celebrates “ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale,” according to its Web site. The show premiered in 1994 and has featured more than 300 episodes of scientific, technological and mechanical topics. The show focuses on the history of its topics, which makes it different than other science and technology shows, according to the Web site.


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