Snow King extends its season with TechnoAlpin
At the American ski resort Snow King, the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard School has decided to invest in a new snow-making system that can lengthen the winter season by a few weeks.
The ski resort is located in the Jackson Hole Valley: more precisely, Snow King is found at the foot of the Teton range of the Rocky Mountains in north-west Wyoming. Every year, this valley, reminiscent of the old west, is covered with a blanket of snow that can reach 4-5 meters. The intense rainfall encourages the formation of large sheets of ice and snow-filled winters.
Snow King Resort is the oldest ski resort in Wyoming, and is located nearby two other resorts, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort above Teton Village and the Grand Targhee Resort, with 2,000 hectares of slopes. Various Alpine Ski World Cup races have taken place on these attractive slopes. Furthermore, there are 17 km of Nordic ski slopes in the valley.
This year, in order to ensure that its Ski and Snowboard School and local teams could train on their own slopes for the first important competitions of the season, the decision was made to install a new snow-making system. The operators' aim was to be able to open some of their resort's slopes as of 1 November. "That way, we can extend our winter season by a whole 5 weeks", says ski resort operator Carrie Boynton. 27 new fan guns will be installed along the Cougar slope, with the clear aim of producing a basic snow covering of 50-60 cm in less than one week. "The reason why are concentrating so hard on this project is that it will allow our local young skiers to ski on their home snow, instead of us having to send them to other larger resorts that are further away", Boynton continues. But now thanks to this project, training can start as early as the first few days in November.
The TechnoAlpin guns also work optimally at marginal temperatures, typical for the end of October/start of November. This is one of the main reasons why the operators chose a TechnoAlpin system.