TechnoAlpin’s big gun proves its worth
It is now a year since TechnoAlpin officially launched its largest ever fan gun – the TF10 – on 19 April 2012. The gun has passed its first winter test with flying colors, in both the northern and southern hemispheres. TechnoAlpin has been listening to the initial feedback from its customers.
The TF10 has been operating on the slopes at Bormio (ITA), which hosts a downhill leg of the Men's World Cup every year. Pasquale Canclini, technical manager of Società Impianti Bormio is delighted: "We have always worked closely with TechnoAlpin; indeed, Bormio has helped to develop a number of guns that are now fully operational. The new TF10 has impressed us with its high snow output: in 1 hour, we managed to generate 70 m³ of snow. That's a dream come true for us – previously, we would have been happy with 50-55 m³!"
The TF10 has been very well received in France, too. In Champ du Feu, the Basso Reno resort in Alsace, the gun confirmed its explosive power in marginal temperatures during the mild December. The management at Le Rouge Gazon are very pleased with the very low sound frequency, while the snow quality has been consistently excellent. Finally, the energy consumption is impressively low for such a high-performance gun.
Some Swiss resorts have also been testing the TF10. "The gun is easy to use, with a very practical display," says Dani Meyer of Andermatt Gotthard Sportbahnen AG. Roman Klages, of Bergbahnen Malbun, was especially struck by the minimal maintenance requirements which, along with the gun's incredible range and moderate sound frequency, make it one of the best on the market.
The snow-making team in Ischgl (AUT) has been using 14 lift-mounted TF10s this year. Their superb range and perfect snow quality at marginal temperatures have fully satisfied the managers and snow-makers. Even though it has greater snow-making power, the gun has impressed again for its low operating noise levels.
The TF10 has won plaudits not only in Europe but also Down Under. Tony Kewish, snow operations manager at Mount Hotham (AUS), had this to say: "The TF10 is really impressive. It doesn't ice over, not even when it's very humid. We experienced great quality and production volume here at Mount Hotham."