Mountain making snow
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DOVER– Mount Snow Resort opened for the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season on November 15, its earliest opening since 2007, with top-to-bottom runs on two of its four mountain faces after only 52 hours of snowmaking. That volume of snow production in such a short window of time is made possible by the resort’s fleet of over 250 high-output fan guns, the most of any resort in North America.

An abundance of this technology is what will allow Mount Snow to recover from recent mild weather and rain in time to offer a high quality product during the traditionally busy holiday season. An aggressive plan is in place to allow those fan guns to flex their muscles.

Speaking of math, at max capacity it is calculated that Mount Snow’s snowmaking system can fill an Olympic-size swimming pool with snow in just 47 minutes and fill all of Fenway Park with snow up to the top of the 18-foot centerfield wall in only 20 hours.

This past summer, Mount Snow worked with Efficiency Vermont on a number of projects to help improve the efficiency and ultimately the output of their snowmaking system. These projects included replacing nearly four miles of aging snowmaking pipe, and installing a new moisture separator and air-flow meter. These projects will reduce statewide energy consumption and improve the environment by saving an estimated 544,000 kwh of electricity and 634,929 pounds of carbon emissions per year.

Skiers and snowboarders with plans to visit the Vermont resort over the holidays can rest easy knowing it will be a very white holiday, at least on the trails of Mount Snow. There is a full schedule of events, activities, and live music on tap along with extended holiday operating hours through New Year’s Day. For more information visit www.mountsnow.com.

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