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Night Castle

Photograph By Ethan Stone

Most snow features are built "up," but at Nine Knights the shape crew works down, chiseling away at a 100,000 cubic-meter mountain of snow that the ski area prepares months in advance with countless hours of snowmaking. In order to produce the amount of snow needed for this year's gargantuan feature, the snow of last year's castle was pushed together and covered with tarps throughout the summer, and now forms the base of the new feature.