SMI at Golden Peak
Snowmaking Success Story: Golden Peak, Vail, Colorado
Vail Mountain teamed up with experts from SMI and Torrent Engineering & Equipment to design and construct an extensive automated snowmaking upgrade that brought outstanding early-season coverage to the alpine race-course.
The installation involved 27 fully automated Super PoleCats, all controlled via radio communication and powered by SMI’s proprietary SmartSnow software. Results were so positive that the Golden Peak race training area was in use even before the general mountain opening, allowing Olympic racers such as Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn to train early and often. Getting a head start on building the terrain park and Golden Peak half-pipe also allowed the area to be one of just a handful of U.S. resorts that had a fully open half-pipe before Christmas.
"Our collaboration with SMI has delivered the snowmaking performance we needed, and also brought the benefits of energy efficiency, quiet operation and environmental stewardship." – Dave Tucholke, Vail Mountain Operations Manager