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Alpine Meadows invests in snow making upgrades

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The resort of Alpine Meadows in California, US, has expanded its snow making capabilities in advance of its scheduled opening day of 16 November.

The resort has added three new state-of-the-art fan guns with increased automation. Automatic air and temperature sensors on the fan guns will allow each to determine the best time to make the best snow and remotely control the quality and quantity of snow, from powder to heavy base-setting snow.

Snow making will be expanded in the Subway beginner area, allowing it to open earlier in the season. The Subway area is home to Achieve Tahoe, which provides year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, including snowsports instruction to children and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. With expanded snow making in the area, Achieve Tahoe guests and instructors will have more consistent conditions and access to the Subway chairlift and teaching terrain. Additionally, guests parked in the lower Alpine Meadows parking lot near the Subway area will have more efficient access to the Alpine Meadows base area via the Subway chair.

The resort will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram which, upon its opening in 1968, was the largest aerial tram in the world. The tram – manufactured by Garaventa in Austria – rises over 2000 vertical ft, and is supported by two 140 and 40-ft tall towers. 5000 yards of cement and 500 t of steel were used to build the lower terminal alone. Today, the Aerial Tram has been modernised with state-of-the-art cabins and electrical systems, and is still given routine services and upgrades by operators who have received specialised training, including from the manufacturer.

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