Windham Invests In Keeping Winters Cold
Looking forward to a white winter at Windham. (Windham/Facebook)
New York’s Windham will be making and grooming snow more efficiently than ever with an increasingly automated snowmaking system and environmentally friendly grooming fleet, thanks to $2 million investments this year.
Continuing its commitment to snowmaking efficiency and environmental consciousness, snowmakers now have access to fully automated snow guns, nearly three miles of new snowmaking pipe, and a PistenBully 400 Winch Cat.
Wiseacres, a popular intermediate trail that winds through a wooded area on the ski area’s West Peak now has 100 percent snowmaking coverage with permanent, fully automated HKD snow guns.
Beginners on Wonderama and upper portions of the Warm Up Park will also benefit from new snow guns.
Ted Davis, Director of Mountain Operations, explains that this new system will allow his team to take advantage of even the short windows of opportunity they see, with the “push of a button,” rather than the old system of set up and break down. Ted also notes the new HKD guns will greatly reduce the amount of runoff experienced with older systems. “We’ll be able to make snow earlier, faster, and better,” he says.
Windham’s grooming fleet of five machines sees upgrades each season. This year, it’s in the form of a new PistenBully 400 Winch Cat. The groomer complies with Tier 4 of the emissions standards set forth by the EPA, making it the most efficient engine available. Traditional groomers can only push snow down the mountain, but the 4.4 ton pulling force of the winch on this machine will allow the grooming team to push snow back up the mountain, creating optimal conditions for skiers and riders.