As mentioned in one of my previous posts, my second reason for liking Panorama and wanting to work there is snowmaking. During the last visit to Panorama with my SROAM class, we got a full in depth tour of the pumphouse and some of the guns from Snowmaking Manager, Jamie King.
Here you can see the guys posing with a few new TechnoAlpin TF10 Fan Guns. Panorama makes snow on 18 of their runs, around 3000 acres, and these new guns have a flow rate of 200 gallons per minute each! These improved guns Pano has invested in help pump out better quality, drier snow at a more efficient rate. This is super important when snowmaking is such a large expense at a resort like Panorama.
For more information on TechnoAlpin, and either the TF10 or TF40 fan guns, go to http://www.technoalpin.com/
So, lets’ get back to reality here! It’s not quite summer yet, and there are still a few more weeks left to the season. This time of year is another reminder why snowmaking is so vital to many resorts. Not only does it ensure your hill opens earlier in the season, it also ensures there will be enough snow coverage left on the lower and upper parts of the mountain for people to enjoy those beautiful spring skiing days.
Snowmaking is important to me at a resort because it is a science I have been fascinated with for the past 3 years, and it is a department I would really like to get into for my Co-Op this fall! It is one of the more physically intense jobs at a resort but it provides a lot of satisfaction in the sense you get to create a product and see people enjoy it every day (that is when your not sleeping)
Keep tuned for my next post where I will discuss some of the features Panorama’s Snowmaking System has 🙂