Americas Opening Day. A-Basin Oct. 17th 2014.
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado became the first resort in North America to open to the public on Friday Oct. 17th; and for the first time we can say that "Americas Opening" was brought to you, in part, by TechnoAlpin. 4 Rubis EVO's and a V-3 air & water tower guns from TechnoAlpin got the unenviable duty station of building the snow into the bottom of the lift. To us it looks like they did a pretty good job of holding their own on an otherwise fan gun trail. This was a demonstration trail and shows the confidence that A-Basin management has with their friend and Colorado TechnoAlpin, Joel Peterson.
A-Basin has an incredible micro climate for early season snowmaking. A very high base elevation and it sits in a unique pocket of cold air near the Continental Divide. But make no mistake, October snowmaking is all about marginal temperatures and that last link to the lift is often the most difficult. When equipment in those strategic locations does not perform, early opening plans can get delayed.
Mark La Flamme, Snowmaking Manager said: "We are very impressed with what the sticks have done. They really did make it possible for us to open".
A-Basin has a long history creating international buzz with its "First Open" and the experiment with a/w sticks is to answer the question: Could we open with more terrain? These 5 Ultra-Low E sticks from TechnoAlpin use collectively just 90 CFM. They are running with no permanent infrastructure and a small, portable, rental compressor that would normally power a single jack hammer. The implications are not lost on A-Basin. These 5 sticks use just 20 Kw. Significantly less than one of their current fan guns. A rental 250 CFM compressor could run 13 in a row; enough to offer much more terrain for opening day. Congratulations to Arapahoe Basin
First Open 2014. Let the fun begin!