Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, southwest of Traverse City, is investing in new snowmaking equipment as it prepares for the upcoming ski season.
Eleven of 14 new snow guns from Quebec City, Canada, already have arrived at the resort. The final three are expected to be delivered in early November.
“The HKD Volt snow guns are the airless, low-energy workhorses in the tower gun lineup,” says Mike Cutler, director of mountain operations at the resort. “At max capacity pumping 80 gallons of water per minute, these 11 snow guns could cover about an acre with a foot of snow every three hours.”
The snow-making machines will be installed before the start of the season.
Crystal Mountain also has invested in 3,500 feet of new snowmaking pipe, bringing the total length of pipe at the facility to more than five miles. Cutler says all the pipe is connected to provide better pressure stabilization to the more than 160 snowmaking machines at Crystal Mountain.
“All of our snowmaking upgrades are driven by opening the mountain sooner, sustaining fluctuating weather patterns throughout the season, and drawing out the snow sports season as long as we can,” Cutler says.
Snow is made when temperatures are 28 degrees or lower. Those cold temperatures, coupled with low humidity, northerly winds, and high barometric pressure are ideal snowmaking conditions. When those conditions occur, Crystal Mountain snowmaking crews are on call 24 hours a day to take advantage of the conditions to cover the resort’s 58 downhill trails.
“The ability to expand our snowmaking infrastructure will help us continuously deliver excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders, especially in years where snow conditions could be less favorable,” says Jim MacInnes, CEO of Crystal Mountain CEO.
In addition, Premier Season Passes for the 2021-2022 season are now on sale. Premier passes have zero blackout dates, guaranteeing unlimited downhill skiing and riding all winter, plus exclusive access to the slopes through the new First Tracks program. Additional pass options and Four Seasons Club memberships are also available.
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