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    Talking Stowe's new Super PoleCat Fan Snow Guns

    These things look intense, I saw the install pics on Stowe's FB page

    Each of these new fan guns can rotate 360 degrees and are fully automated.
    What does "fully automated" mean? like they can be remotely repositioned? Or do they automatically turn on and off / angle themselves / etc.

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    Stowe made a ton of snow last year. Even Spruce Peak had a good base right up to closing day southern exposure & all. I mentioned in another post that I saw a lot of new snow making pipe being stored in one of the parking lots when I was there a few weeks ago. I guess this is what it's being used for. If only Stowe was a little closer to my VT. house I'd ski there all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    These things look intense, I saw the install pics on Stowe's FB page



    What does "fully automated" mean? like they can be remotely repositioned? Or do they automatically turn on and off / angle themselves / etc.
    It means they can be turned on and off and adjust to humidity and temperature changes without running someone up and down the hill all night. Most new fan gun systems operate this way. As long as the hoses are hooked up and the lines charged, the fan guns run themselves without any "human" ineraction.
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    Maybe a much needed trip to Stowe this winter, it's been to long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    These things look intense, I saw the install pics on Stowe's FB page



    What does "fully automated" mean? like they can be remotely repositioned? Or do they automatically turn on and off / angle themselves / etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmywilson69 View Post
    It means they can be turned on and off and adjust to humidity and temperature changes without running someone up and down the hill all night. Most new fan gun systems operate this way. As long as the hoses are hooked up and the lines charged, the fan guns run themselves without any "human" ineraction.
    Having had the great pleasure of skiing on the finished product that the super polecats produce at Mount Snow for the last 5 or so seasons now, those fanguns really do produce a light, dry product with some serious throw from where they're mounted!

    Jimme hit the nail on the head with the fully automated part. Basically someone in the mountain ops building can sit infront of a computer screen and turn on/off/adjust the water flow rate/number of the nozzle rings receiving flow/oscillation of the gun, etc with just a few clicks of the mouse, instead of having to manually do it. Unless the gun sends a warning message to the mountain control ops center (if you've ever seen a super polecat with the yellow "police light" flashing on top of it it means that the gun itself has sensed a problem such as a nozzle freeze up, etc) and then mountain ops can dispatch a snowmaker to that specific gun to fix the problem. Just another tool that allows a ski area to make snow in the most efficient way they can, and given what it costs to make snow, just an increase in efficiency by a few percent can net a significant amount of cost savings!
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    Those put out a really good product vs the traditional air/water guns. They're a helluva lot quieter too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    What does "fully automated" mean? like they can be remotely repositioned? Or do they automatically turn on and off / angle themselves / etc.
    They're computer/remotely controlled. So it depends on how they set it up of course, but yes they can generally automatically turn themselves on and off in response to conditions, automatically adjust themselves for optimal snow output, etc.

    They can also oscillate, which is helpful for spreading out the snow instead of making huge piles that then need a lot of grooming work.

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    Thanks guys, that's what I figured. I assumed they were just remotely controlled. Sure beats zipping up the mountain at 2am, pending any line or nozzle freezes.

    I should get some for my backyard. They will probably work better than what I had going last winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Those put out a really good product vs the traditional air/water guns. They're a helluva lot quieter too.
    They are also a heeluva bit more obtrusive and in your face.....and I do not necessarily mean snow, when I say this. I am sure that they add more snow which helps the skiing conditions, but don't you think that these big behemoths adorning the sides of ski trails take away from the views, vista and karma of the ski run? How do we balance both?

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    In my opinion, unless they are running, I typically don't notice them. My local hill hear in PA has the slopes lined with them and I don't pay much attention to them unless they are laying down snow. When they are on, you know it.

    I would imagine a place like Stowe, isn't going to start lining their trails with these. They will likely use them in high traffic or wide areas where they need a lot of snow.
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