The snowfactory is able to produce snow regardless of the air temperature, in contrast to conventional snowmaking systems, and will be powered by a wind turbine at the resort. Snow is manufactured inside a shipping container through what TechnoAlpin describes as ‘innovative cooling technology’, whereby a heat exchanger cools water until it is freezing without the input of any chemical additives. The refrigeration circuit remains closed throughout the process, and the snow crystals are then distributed across slopes and trails via a hose.
The Lecht is now aiming to open its doors for the winter season in early December, with the hope of attracting an increased number of visitors in light of CairnGorm Mountain’s recent troubles.
Image credit: TechnoAlpin
Read the article online at: https://www.mountaintechnologymagazine.com/snowmaking/07112018/the-lecht-purchases-technoalpin-snowfactory/