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Snowshoe Mountain to spend US$4 million on snowmaking and snow grooming technology

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Snowshoe Mountain resort in West Virginia, US, has announced that it will be investing nearly US$4 million in upgrades to its snowmaking and grooming technology this summer.

The resort hopes that this investment will allow it to open a greater number of ski trails by early December, maintain high-quality snow conditions throughout the season, and reduce its carbon footprint.

165 new snowguns are to be purchased and placed in key positions around the resort; equipment to automate the snowmaking system will also be acquired. The snowguns include 75 fixed position Demaclenko Titan 2.0 tower fan guns, and 90 energy-efficient SnowLogic DV7 stick guns.

Each of the snowguns will be combined with temperature and humidity sensors that trigger automation software and adjust air/water ratios.

Frank DeBerry, Snowshoe’s President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “This is the single most important investment our new owners, Alterra Mountain Company, could make in Snowshoe. As this past season demonstrates, Snowshoe’s unique microclimate and elevation provide us with the cold and snow we need to provide the best and most skiing and riding in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. This investment further boosts and protects our greatest strength, all while taking yet another step towards reducing our impact on the environment.”

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