Waterville Valley and WVBBTS / Snowsports Educational Foundation are working together on a joint project that will yield significant upgrades in snowmaking at the ski resort for the 2014/15 season. The resort and BBTS will make a combined investment of more than $250,000 to purchase and install seven new fan guns and make additional improvements and upgrades to the existing snowmaking system.
The last significant investment in snowmaking by the resort was made in 2010 when the ski area put $500,000 into snowmaking improvements.
Waterville Valley Resort and WVBBTS look forward to working together on this project as well as others in the future as their long time partnership continues to grow.
“WVBBTS has always been an important part of the community here in Waterville Valley,” said Waterville CEO Chris Sununu. “Their coaches and facilities have groomed some of the finest winter athletes in America, as shown by the number of them competing in Sochi this past winter. We’re excited to merge our resources and work with such a dedicated organization in order to continue to make Waterville Valley Resort an elite winter destination in New England. This project is just a first step in this partnership helping to take Waterville Valley to the next level.”
BBTS CEO & Executive Director, Peter Stokloza, said, “WVBBTS is excited to partner with our home mountain resort on this early season snowmaking project. This initiative aligns perfectly with both organization’s strategic plans. For us, snow quality and coverage are key ingredients in our goal, as a USSA Certified Gold Club, to develop exceptional competitive alpine racers, freeride/freestyle skiers and snowboarders and to encourage a lifelong love of snowsports.”
The new high efficiency fan guns, six TechnoAlpin T40’s and one TF10, have the ability to make snow at marginal temperatures (29 degrees and below) that are outside the operative range of most existing guns at the resort. These guns are also fully automatic, which means Waterville Valley’s snowmaking crew can use presets that require very little additional maintenance. As the temperatures change, the guns will automatically adjust water flow and pressure in order to produce the high quality snow that Waterville Valley has become known for.
In addition to having seven new high powered and energy efficient snow guns ready to start the season, the existing snowmaking equipment will be freed up to be used on other parts of the mountain. This will allow for greater and higher quality coverage from top to bottom. It also prepares the resort for snowmaking that will be allocated for the Green Peak Expansion project. Additionally, the Nordic system and tubing hill will be able to receive extra snow to make sure they stay in top shape all season long.
Here are the latest updates from waterville.com!
Snowmaking Project 2014
Transformers Being Set Underground
August 14, 2014
At the base of the Tommy’s World Cup Run, we are installing the transformer that will supply power to the new snow lines as well as the T-Bar. Even with delays this week because of the weather, the pace of progress has been exceptional. Next week, we’ll be headed straight up the face of the run to start laying the primary power lines.
First Trenches Being Dug
August 11, 2014
Today the first trenches were dug for the new snowmaking project at Waterville Valley Resort! These trenches will contain the primary 480 volt power lines that will run electricity to the 6 TechnoAlpin T40s and the TF10 that will be based on Tommy’s World Cup Run.