Improved Snowmaking Comes to Wachusett
Central Massachusetts Ski Area Launches X2 Snowmaking Project. (Wachusett Mountain)
Massachusetts' Wachusett Mountain will welcome the skiing and riding season with a powerful new snowmaking system.The X2 Snowmaking Project includes construction of a new snowmaking pump house and installation of new computer-controlled technology on the mountain’s signature “Ralph’s Run” trail.
Construction of the new pumping station is well underway and is targeted for completion in early November, just in time for the mountain to fire up its snow guns.
The project includes doubling the mountain’s pumping capacity from 4000 to 8000 gallons per minute – meaning snowmaking crews can cover two trails overnight with a foot of snow on each.
“The increase in water allows us to capitalize on windows of opportunity,” Wachusetts’ Tom Meyers told SnoCountry.com. “And we won’t have to make snow during the day as much, which makes our guests happy.”
Efforts will also be more energy efficient – allowing more snow to be made overnight when temps are colder, rather than making snow while guests are skiing.
The project will add over 40 computer-controlled HKD Tower Guns on Ralph’s Run that will monitor temperature and humidity make adjustments automatically to increase output and improve quality.
The $2 million investment is one of the resort’s biggest snowmaking improvements ever.
“The model at Wachusett is to be constantly reinvesting in the experience to continually improve for our guests. We hear time and again that conditions are better than they would have ever expected,” Meyers told us.
Snowmaking will begin in November as soon as temperatures permit. The mountain is scheduled to open by Saturday, November 26 or sooner if weather allows.
Access to the mountain from Boston just got better, too. A new Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail station recently opened, just 10 minutes from the mountain, with a shuttle running on weekends. Skiers and snowboarders can take the commuter rail from Boston’s North Station to Fitchburg on weekends throughout ski season.