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Snowmaking Success Story: Les Orres, France

Les Orres France wanted to modernize snowmaking at the resort so they searched out the best options. Past thinking had been that snowmaking was designed for either marginal conditions or colder weather, but not both.

After considerable testing in 2012, Les Orres determined that SMI’s Puma Snowmaker embraced new technology and made great snow quality across all weather conditions. The Puma offered excellent value in terms of energy per cubic meter of snow produced.

"After considerable testing, Les Orres determined that SMI’s Puma Snowmaker embraced new technology and made great snow quality across all weather conditions."

Les Orres aerial view
Les Orres aerial view

In 2012, Les Orres added 13 Puma’s to its existing fan fleet of 19 PoleCats. Additional 2012 turnkey snowmaking improvements include 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) of cast iron pipes and cables and 11 high technology vaults. The vault construction was fast and efficient due to their unique design including a 2-piece concrete square ring and a culvert with a side income connection, allowing a concurrent installation of vaults, pipes, tees and connections during the ongoing excavation. SMI’s SmartSnow software starts snowmaking at -1.50 °C ( 29.5 F) wet bulb and uses both radio and hardwire communications for total and simple control of the system.

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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.