Stowe Becomes New England’s First PistenBully Elite Fleet Resort

By AlpineZone News |
Feb 06 2009 - 01:32 PM

STOWE, Vermont — Few ski resorts east of the Rocky Mountains receive more snowfall than Stowe Mountain Resort, averaging 333 inches annually and with this weeks snowstorm, over 220 inches so far this season. Add to that enhanced capabilities for delivering the industries highest standards of snowmaking and grooming, and Stowe offers a world-class winter alpine experience. This winter Stowe became the first resort in New England to join PistenBully’s Elite Fleet program. This is a program of KATV (Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc.), that is offered to clients who operate an exclusive fleet of PistenBully snow grooming equipment. The Elite Fleet program forms partnerships between resorts and KATV, creating synergies for more efficient grooming fleets and establishing high-standards of operation that member resorts must meet.

“PistenBully is excited to have Stowe as a partner in the ski business. Stowe is the first and only ski area in New England to have Elite Fleet status. As a premier mountain resort and industry leader in service, Stowe shares our mutual goal of continually striving to provide the best possible product to its guests,” said Josh Nelson, PistenBully’s New England regional representative.

PistenBully has been specially designed for operation on steep slopes. A prime example is the PistenBully 600 W winchcat. The self contained winch-mounted groomer allows the snow pushed downhill by skiers and riders to be placed back onto steep pitches with precision and control, while letting the driver to concentrate on all the essentials of slope preparation. Another specialty of PistenBully is building terrain parks. Geometrical changes to the groomer and increased range of movement provide the extreme range of travel required to groom meticulous terrain features such as spines, gaps, quarter pipes and tabletop jumps, in a fraction of the time.

Stowe also recently added 110 million gallons of water storage in a newly constructed lake and York Fully Automated Snowmaking to its world-class cache of mountain preparation resources. Now, skiers and riders can enjoy outstanding grooming and snowmaking coverage over more than 80 percent of Stowe’s authentic mountain terrain.

About Kassbohrer

Kassbohrer is the world’s number one supplier of snow-grooming equipment. Known as PistenBully, these large powerful tracked vehicles are currently operating in 60 plus countries worldwide. When it comes to ski slope and cross-country trial preparation as well as the construction of terrain parks for freestyle, PistenBully is the world’s market leader. PistenBully features a wealth of first-class technical equipment-ergonomics, engineered for high performance, safety and precision handling in any situation. As the recognized leader in over- snow tracked technology PistenBullys feature state-of-the-art electronic controls for both engine and transmission. The PistenBully is very fuel efficient as well as low in emissions – two very important attributes for conserving energy and protecting the environment.

About Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Resort is enjoying a dramatic resurgence centered on Spruce Peak at Stowe. Enhancements to the resort encompass legendary Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak; including new lifts, state-of-the-art base facilities, luxurious slopeside accommodations, a halfpipe and three terrain parks. For vacation planning and advanced sale reduced rate lifts tickets visit