Forbush Corner Nordic

Frederic, Michigan, USA

Objectives and Solutions

Forbush Corner is a Nordic cross-country ski center in Frederic, Michigan, USA, with over 18km of cross-country trails. Reliant only on natural snow conditions, the center decided to install state-of-the-art snowmaking to 2.5km of trails to create a loop for early and marginal conditions.

Located just 1.5 hours northwest of SMI’s headquarters in Midland, MI, SMI supplied a turnkey snowmaking installation. The system features a new 2 million gallon cooling pond with a bubbler fed by a well. A Torrent prefabricated pump station was supplied with a 150HP pump rated for 400 GPM.

In addition, a 300HP air compressor capable of producing 1280 CFM of compressed air to feed the 41 Axis Snowtowers was installed.

The Axis Snowtowers were installed on prefabricated SMI plastic vaults for a clean and tidy setup. The on/off Snowtowers are great for narrow trails and are simple to use.

Overall, Forbush Corner is very happy with the system and is very surprised at how the system can make over 18” of snow in 24 hours.