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Snowmaking Success Story: Golden Peak, Vail, Colorado

Race Track at Golden Peak, CO
Race Track at Golden Peak, CO

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

Snowmaking at Golden Peak, CO
Snowmaking at Golden Peak, CO

Snowmaking at Golden Peak, CO
Snowmaking at Golden Peak, CO

The Golden Peak snowmaking project included a 460 m3/hr (2,000 gpm), fully automated Torrent VFD pumping station; water cooling towers with 230 m3/hr (1,000 gpm) capacity that helped lower early season water temperatures from around 7.8 °C to 1.1 °C (46 F to 34 F); a prefabricated pump building; two electrical transformers; and more than 1,067 meters (3,500 feet) of water pipe to feed the new snowmaking network.

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SMI can help you sort through and weigh the costs and benefits regarding expanding snowmaking systems using the latest and most modern technologies. From fiber optic communications systems to fully automatic snowmaking systems and plants along with management reporting systems, SMI offers the full range of solutions. Give us a call toll free at +1-800-248-6600 or for International calls +1-989-631-6091.