Snowshoe is About to Have its Snowiest Season Yet

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The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season marked my first time every visiting Snowshoe Mountain. Intense snowstorms made for impressive snow depths that season, for those who don’t remember.

After sliding up the mountain during a snowstorm, we were greeted with more snow than I had ever seen in my life. I had never seen so much white, fluffy powder in one place at one time. It truly was an incredible experience.

This past off-season, Snowshoe made several major steps to assure that, regardless of what precipitation Mother Nature brings, the mountain will be covered in high-quality snow.

A $4M Investment in Snowmaking Technology

If you attended the 2018 Annual Ski Southeast Summit, you may have heard the news: Snowshoe Mountain has invested nearly $4M in upgrades to its snowmaking and grooming technology this past summer.

Resort officials expect the investment to open up a significantly higher number of ski trails by early December. Improved technology will also allow the mountain to maintain a high-quality snow surface throughout the ski season.

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We are excited to see how much snow ends up covering the mountain this winter | Image courtesy of Snowshoe

An ever bigger bonus of improved technology? A reduction in the mountain’s carbon footprint.

“This is the single most important investment our new owners, Alterra Mountain Company, could make in Snowshoe,” said Frank DeBerry, Snowshoe’s President and Chief Operating Officer.  “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.”

Check out this awesome sneak peek the Snowshoe folks uploaded to YouTube once the snowguns arrived. I for one am very excited to see what a difference this technology makes.

A Few Quick Facts

Our own Kenny Griffin shared the following facts from the media announcement this past March:

  • Increased Efficiency and Sustainability
    • The re-tooled snowmaking system will cut the resort’s energy costs and consumption significantly, and return more than 5,000,000kwh back to the grid.
    • 5,000,000kwh is enough to power 500 homes for an entire year.
  • New Snowguns and Automation Equipment
    • The investment includes over 160 new snowguns to be positioned in key, fixed locations around the mountain, as well as the equipment needed to further automate the snowmaking system.
    • 75 Fixed Position Tower Fan Guns
      • High Production/Low Energy DemacLenko Titan 2.0 will be utilized
        • The most powerful snowgun currently on the market, capable of making massive amounts of snow in short windows of time.
      • 90 Low-Energy “Stick” Guns
        • Super energy-efficient SnowLogic DV7’s use less than 10% of the energy required of traditional snowmaking equipment.
        • Will allow the resort to maintain high-quality surface conditions with minimal energy usage.
      • Automation Hardware & Software
        • Further automating the mountain’s snowmaking system will increase efficiency, giving it the maximum amount of production time during even brief snowmaking opportunities.
        • Each snowgun will have access to temperature and humidity sensors that trigger the automation software and adjust air/water ratios to ensure both high quality snow and maximum snow production.

For more, visit Snowshoe’s snowmaking facts page.

More Muscle Behind an Already Perfect Location

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Expect to see deeper snow paths this ski & snowboard season! | Image from Snowshoe

Did you know that Snowshoe Mountain partly has the Great Lakes to thank for its awesome snow?

Much of the East Coast is known for heavy, wet snow. Snowshoe is blessed with light, dry power, similar to West Coast snow. The Mountain sits close enough to the Great Lakes for a consistent upslope lake effect and snow from the many passing Alberta clippers. The mountain remains far enough east, however, to greatly benefit from Nor’easters as well.

The Mountain is situated at the southern end of Cheat Mountain, and its elevation of 4,848 feet produces a unique microclimate that keeps temperatures much cooler than the surrounding areas.

Basically, Snowshoe is throwing as much snow technology behind Mother Nature as they possibly can.

Check back soon for more updates on Snowshoe Mountain’s 2018-2019 Ski & Snowboard Season!