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Waterville Valley Resort completes second phase of US$7.5 million investment plan

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Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire, US, has completed the second phase of a US$7.5 million investment plan, which focused on snowmaking and snow grooming upgrades as well as the installing of a new T-Bar.

During the summer the resort partnered with French company MND Group to install 33 000 ft of new snowmaking pipe and 400 hundred new snowguns, with a further 100 to follow after the start of the season. 80 have been relocated to new positions to enhance coverage.

New filtration and automation systems were also added to improve speed and efficiency of snowmaking, with a resulting energy saving of 2.78 million KW.

The resort’s grooming fleet has been bolstered with the addition of a Prinoth Bison X Winch Cat and a Prinoth 500, with the former intended for use on steeper terrain.

Visitors will also notice a new T-Bar, which boasts an ascent time twice as fast as its predecessor, a double chair that began operating in 1966. It was designed to be low to the ground to reduce disruption from any wind, and has been positioned to create slightly more skiable acreage.

The first phase of Waterville’s investment plan began in 2016/17 with the addition of 10 new trails and 45 acres of skiing terrain, its first major expansion in over 30 years.

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