Gore Snowmaking: 2018 Improvements

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TomCat TomCat
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Gore Snowmaking: 2018 Improvements

marznc marznc
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Were there any noticeable snowmaking improvements for 2017-18?  There is a comment about making snowmaking more energy efficient but hard to know how that translates on the slopes.

A new pump house and more automation . . . that should make an obvious difference right from the start of snowmaking.

The Biggest Year for Snowmaking Since We Tapped the Hudson River!

A major overhaul to our snowmaking system for winter 18-19 will (with a little cold weather) deliver you the snowiest season ever at Gore.  We are constructing a new pump house, and this improvement will allow us to increase our water pumping capacity for snowmaking by 42%- that's 2,000 more gallons of water per minute now available to quickly turn into your on-snow fun!  We are also adding the newest automations and technology available to key areas of terrain, which help our crews make snow faster, smarter, and more efficently.  Significant investments in our pipe infrastructure and the purchase of four new air compressors will give our teams more power and flexibility- it's all about getting more trails open earlier in the season and improving the quality of your Gore Mountain experience.  These modernizations are integral to a multi-year commitment Gore has to making improvement of the snowmaking infrastructure a top priority.  Hundreds of high-efficiency guns have been added to our fleet over the last several winters that not only produce more snow, but do it in a more energy-conserving, more environmentally sensitive manner than traditional guns.  
Harvey Harvey
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marznc wrote
The Biggest Year for Snowmaking Since We Tapped the Hudson River!
This is funny, same quote about the gun purchase in 2011:

https://nyskiblog.com/gore-mountain-snowmaking-upgrades-2011/

I realize both could be true at the time.

This is essentially what Bone told me in his interview last fall, but didn't want to go on the record about it, because you never know.  A huge step forward, but don't assume that 42% increase in pumping means a 42% increase in snowmaking.

Snoloco is promising all lift by Christmas.

TomCat I changed the title of your thread, ad there are several with the same name, hope that is cool with you.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
TomCat TomCat
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Cool with the thread name change. It would be interesting to hear what Bone thinks this will do to the overall capacity of the system.

I do think this is a significant step forward and it could have a big impact when combined with the high efficiency guns they bought over the last few years.

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Johnnyonthespot Johnnyonthespot
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And just like that, 2018/2019 ORDA pass looks a whole lot better.
Harvey Harvey
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Johnny you buying an ORDA pass this year? What is the deadline anyway?
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Ethan Snow Ethan Snow
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Harvey wrote
 don't assume that 42% increase in pumping means a 42% increase in snowmaking.
This may be very true. It all has to do with how many pumps, compressors and guns they are willing to turn on which directly effects how much money is being spent. With more modern automation system, they should be able to monitor their energy consumption as well as snow production more precisely. if the new system is really as good as they say it will be, they very well be able to make more snow for the same amount of money.

I get sick of hearing about snowmaking "improvements" that talk about newer, more efficient guns with no mention of increased pumping capacity. The fact that this story even mentions increased pumping capacity, new compressors, and rebuilding the pump house is promising.
I'll take boilerplate ice over wet snow any day
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IMO it makes sense to do the low E guns first and pumping second.

It's all about making more snow in short windows these days. This should help.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
marznc marznc
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Anybody know if Gore uses Snowmax?
Brownski Brownski
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marznc wrote
Anybody know if Gore uses Snowmax?
I doubt it
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