SMI Solutions

Engineering & Design

Good plans shape good decisions. Developing and implementing a snowmaking master plan can help you provide the best snow surfaces to your guests for the least total cost.

SMI Snowflake

Existing System Review

SMI has an experienced global team dedicated to engineering and design. From retrofitting existing systems to modernize a system, to adding trails to creating a master plan for a brand new resort, SMI has the experience and expertise to create an efficient and cost-effective solution that will be successful and custom-tailored to your resort.

SMI will overview the existing snowmaking system coverage areas, weather data, water supply and distribution, power supply and distribution, air supply and distribution, snow gun fleets and capital/operating costs at your ski resort. We then take the time to understand your mountain, preferences and costs to help design a high value solution.

SMI Snowflake


SMI will help develop a phased snowmaking high level master plan that meets your ski resort needs. The master plan can be big picture only or a fully detailed and specified design. SMI excels at finding the best methods for collecting, storing and distributing water in difficult mountain terrain. SMI engineering services include:
  • Documenting and defining your current system
  • Master planning
  • Pipeline layouts
  • Electrical layouts
  • Complex intake definition
  • Pumping specifications and layouts
  • Air plant specification and layouts
  • Construction supervision
  • Water cooling
  • Project management
SMI Snowflake

Details & Specifications

SMI has multiple engineers to produce customized CAD drawings and specifications. Drawings and output can be color and/or black and white. Coverage areas, piping schemes, power plans, pumping and compressor layouts, valve pits, snow gun startup plans, tower and portable snow gun layouts, and building layouts are just some of the output you can receive. Detailed specifications for all equipment and installation can also be provided for competitive bidding purposes.