T40 and V3 put on an impressive performance in the southern hemisphere
The newest additions to the TechnoAlpin range of snow guns made their debut in Europe last winter. And now the new T40 fan gun and the V3 snow lance have also had a chance to prove themselves in the southern hemisphere. The first samples of the two snow guns arrived in Australia and New Zealand in May and the conditions could not have been more different. While Australia was enjoying one of the earliest starts to the season ever, the ski resorts in New Zealand had to keep postponing their opening. Both countries did have one thing in common, however, in that snow was produced in borderline temperatures in each case. The T40 and the V3 passed the endurance test with flying colors.
"2011 was a challenging season with regards to snowmaking", said Craig Ovenden, operations manager in the New Zealand resort of Ohau Snow Fields. "We were fortunate to have our first experience of the new V3 lance heads. The reduced air consumption per lance allowed us to operate all of our snow producers off our one snowsystem compressor. In such a year as we have had, this was a definite benefit. Service and technical support from TA in New Zealand and Italy is outstanding."
John Palmer, snow operations manager in the ski resort of Perisher in Australia, considers the T40 to be a tour de force. "During winter 2011 at Perisher we had the opportunity to test the new T40 fan gun. We found the T40 an excellent snow gun to operate even in very marginal conditions and we were impressed with the quality and quantity of snow produced. We were also impressed with the new back lit control panel which made for easy operation in the dark of night."
Photo: The V3 in the New Zealand resort of Ohau Snow Fields.