Gigantic reservoir in Canada
Large-scale measures were taken in Mount St. Louis Moonstone back in the 1980s in a bid to increase the appeal of the Canadian ski resort. Hard core and rubble from the surrounding area were used to raise the hill and thus extend the slopes. The end result was a gain in height of 60 meters. To this day the managers of the family-run ski resort have not lost their innovative spirit. Every year they invest in improving the service.
This summer the crater that was left by the original project was made into a gigantic reservoir with a view to optimizing the water supply to the snow-making system. The reservoir has capacity to hold some 1 million m³ and boasts a surface area of around 24 ha, making it arguably the largest reservoir in the world for a snow-making system. A low-pressure pump was also installed this year to take the water to the actual pumping plant in the valley. The throughput in the new DN400 HDPE line is 250 l/s. The high-pressure pump is also due for an upgrade this coming season. The aim is to achieve a total output of 640 l/s with a view to covering the entire ski resort with snow in 36 hours.
A series of snow guns has also been installed to this end. Back in 2010 TechnoAlpin supplied 30x V3 lances, 4x M18 on 3.5 m towers, and 1x M18 on a 10 m arm. This year 12 manual lances were installed in addition to the reservoir and pumping plant and will be automated in a second phase.
Needless to say, Mount St. Louis is also planning further investments for the future. Several generations of TechnoAlpin snow guns sit happily side by side in Mount St. Louis making their snow.