The largest on-mountain improvement for winter 2012-13 will be the installation of three additional automated snowmaking systems on Yodeler, Morning Star, Candy Cane, Laurel and Punch Bowl. The automated systems include weather stations that monitor temperature, humidity, wind direction and speed and direct a computer to turn on or off the snowguns, or increase or decrease the air and water flow. The goal of automation is to increase efficiency and energy savings while providing the best possible manmade snow. The automated snowmaking that was installed last year on Mardi Gras proved to be a very wise investment, as it allowed the resort to make snow in the brief periods of cold during the winter of 2011-12.
The photos to the right show some of the components of our new automated system on Mardi Gras. The top photo is the water-air control valve that's located in the hydrant underground. The middle photo is a complete snowgun with hose attached and the bottom photo is the gun controller that is at the base of each gun.