Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Renovations at Beech Mountain include Snow Making System

A new system of automated snow guns will have a major impact on snowmaking capacity this winter at Beech Mountain Resort.  The automated "PoleCat System" is able to produce copious amounts of snow. The guns added last year were the highlights of the Resort's snowmaking, now uping the system 300% by installing six more. The nice thing is this system is self-monitoring and constantly controls the output, significantly increasing snowmaking capability.

Last season's snowmaking upgrades paid big dividends on the Robbins Run and Upper Shawneehaw trails. This year, the resort set its sights on the long, black diamond White Lightning run, along with the Lower Shawneehaw trail, Powder Bowl and Freestyle trail.

The Resort believes it is  almost 100% better than three or four years ago because of the new automated system, plus we still have PoleCats that operate on carriages," said Costin. The 40 JCI tower guns added the past couple years,  dozens of Ratnik guns and the significant money invested in snowmaking over the last 36 months is paying off in the finished product.

Also receiving improvemnets was the alpine village at the base of the slopes. Three outside businesses moved in to lease a trio of storefronts. Skiers can now take advantage of a new equipment rental operation, coffee café and souvenir photo shop. New lockers were installed in the locker rooms, a third lane was built on the snow-tubing run and a shipment of ski/snowboard equipment was added  to the rental fleet.

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