WEST DOVER, Vermont — Mount Snow announced today that it will install more than 150 additional fan guns this summer, investing over $5 million in energy-efficient snowmaking. Combined with last summer’s installation of 101 of the machines, Mount Snow will have the most new-technology fan guns in North America when it opens for the 2008-09 ski season.
The project is part of an expansive snowmaking investment by Mount Snow’s new owners, Peak Resorts. Several well-trafficked trails will be flanked by the new guns, including Ridge, Meadow, Upper Nitro, Lower Titanium, Mine Shaft, Deer Run, Canyon, Lodge, and Lower Exhibition, as well as other assorted locations.
Tim Boyd, president of Peak Resorts, offered his congratulations to the Mount Snow community: “We believe that by improving the snow surfaces and the overall guest experience, Mount Snow’s potential can be realized. We appreciate your support during our first year.”
New-technology fan guns run on electricity and feature on-board air compressors. With this year’s investment, Mount Snow eliminates the need for 16 diesel compressors typically used during the season to power traditional air/water guns. This will save approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
“It certainly became very clear to us that fan guns are the real deal, as we were the first ski area to open in Vermont-with top-to-bottom skiing and a terrain park on day one-and we were among the last to close in late April,” said Mount Snow’s General Manager, Kelly Pawlak. She noted that fan guns are able to make more snow in varying weather, and produce better quality snow overall.
In addition to the $5 million snowmaking expansion, $1.4 million will be spent on painting chair lifts, improving the guest locker room, and upgrading the Mount Snow Golf Course, reinforcing Peak Resorts’ commitment to maintaining a quality resort.
For more information on Mount Snow and Peak Resorts, visit www.mountsnow.com.