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Sunday River Resort begins snowmaking system renovations

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Mountain Technology,

Sunday River Resort in Maine, US, is making major renovations to its snowmaking system to lay the foundation for doubling the water capacity that can be pumped to the ski area from its water source, thereby making snow more quickly and efficiently.

Phase one, which will be completed at the end of this summer, includes nearly two miles of newly-engineered ductile iron high-pressure pipe and a new 600 hp pump for an immediate 15% increase in capacity for the 2018 – 2019 season. The pipeline runs from the resort’s namesake river to the snowmaking pumphouse located in the Barker Basin.

“It’s a game changer,” said Resort President and General Manager, Dana Bullen. “We’ve always had the advantage of our location at the base of a huge natural watershed, but we’ve been limited by the capacity in our snowmaking infrastructure. This new pipeline solves that issue, and anything we do to our snowmaking system from this point forward exponentially improves how fast we can make snow.”

Presently, Sunday River’s on-mountain snowmaking system services 90% of the groomed terrain, and includes 2000 snow guns, most of which are energy-efficient, 2200 hydrant stations, and over 80 miles of pipe. The resort’s snowmakers were also recognised as the top in the US in the HKD I AM A Snowmaker contest in 2016.

The resort typically opens for skiing and snowboarding on or around Halloween, but snowmaking will commence as soon as temperatures allow.

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