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SMI at Turoa Skifield

Turnkey Success Story: Turoa Skifield, New Zealand

With a rugged volcanic surface requiring a minimum one meter of snow coverage for skiing, supplemental snowmaking is mandatory at Turoa Skifield, situated on the North Island of New Zealand. Like many resorts, climate change has impacted Turoa’s lower mountain areas, with snow levels creeping higher over the past decade. As part of an ongoing master plan with SMI, Turoa wanted to ensure snow coverage at these lower elevations.

"SMI can help you sort through and weigh the costs and benefits regarding expanding snowmaking systems using the latest and most modern technologies."
Water Resevior at Turoa Skifield
Water Resevior at Turoa Skifield

The engineering and construction phases posed unique challenges, however. Because the resort is within Tongariro National Park, extreme measures were required to limit the impact of equipment and crews, such as transporting workers, equipment and materials by helicopter. This complicated infrastructure planning, which was further compounded by the resort location at the park’s highest level. The hard volcanic rock surface also required innovative approaches to what would otherwise have been routine construction.

Pump Station at Turoa Skifield
Pump Station at Turoa Skifield

But the extra effort paid off. With 22 fully automated SMI Super PoleCat Towers added to 10 existing manual PoleCat carriages, Turoa’s new system helps the resort build a solid, long-lasting snow base, despite the challenging conditions.

Summary of expansion:

  • New pump station has two 300 kW (400 HP) pumps with room for two more and delivers 5,678 lpm (1,500 gpm)
  • An existing pump house was also automated and is now used for both snowmaking and filling the new reservoir
  • Full Automation added: SmartSnow controls pump stations, snow guns and aspirated weather devices using Radio, fiber optic, copper and RS485 communications
  • Snow Guns added: 22 fully automated Super PoleCats towers
  • Snowmaking capacity: 2,300 lpm (608 gpm) from the existing pumphouse using 12 snow guns

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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.