Stowe Invests in Snowmaking (VIDEO)

By AlpineZone News |
Oct 23 2013 - 04:32 PM

Stowe Mountain(STOWE, VT) – Stowe Mountain Resort receives an average of 300+ inches of natural snow on Vermont’s highest peak each ski season. Even with one of the most productive natural snow environments east of the Rockies, Stowe is currently investing more in snowmaking than any other resort in the East. From incomparable snow surfaces to modern lifts, mountain access technologies, world-class amenities and exceptional service, Stowe Mountain Resort differentiates itself by being bigger than a mountain.

The ongoing on-mountain improvements that have taken place over the past decade in Stowe are extensive, including tens of millions of dollars in new lifts, access systems, terrain and snowmaking. Snowmaking is at the core of it all and the genesis of a half-billion dollar master plan beginning with the formation of a 116 million gallon water storage area named Peregrine Lake and New England’s first and only fully-automated snowmaking system on Spruce Peak.

This summer, Stowe Mountain Resort’s continued investment in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations include an additional 3.4 million dollars in new equipment and upgrades, which consist of 100 HKD tower guns, 3 Super Pole Cat fan guns, a new pump-house and miles of snowmaking pipe.

Add that to the 4.7 million invested last summer for a two year total that includes; 445 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 20 Super Pole Cat fan guns and another seven miles of new snowmaking pipe. In addition to supplementing superlative snowmaking, the improvements allow Stowe Mountain Resort to operate with greater energy efficiency and eliminate over 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions. From a skier’s standpoint, the new snowmaking increases potential for more early season terrain, raise overall snow quality and allows mountain operations to resurface the mountain quickly. Stowe Mountain Resort is scheduled to open November 23.