- Mar 7, 2019
Agree 1000%. I sent an email to their corporate in box saying the same and also noted the same on a Vail thanks for skiing/take our survey email. Of course no response and no snowmaking icon.
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Broad and wide can grow into thin and tall. Also does the crotch have fan guns that rotate? Cannon’s are stationary.
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A good chunk of Mount Snow's tower mounted SMI Superpolecat fanguns do have the ability to automatically oscillate when the crew chooses to. Typically they do that when resurfacing in conditions with light to minimal windCrotch guns rotate manually, not automatically. Does anyone have automatically rotating guns?
Crotched has made snow literally every opportunity that weather has allowed this year. I am concerned that vail may stumble with the same learning curve as powdr - reduced snowmaking, shortened seasons. Wish I could get some semblance of their operating plan next year at the nh mtns before committing. Problem is that every alternative involves a significant sacrifice. Short of alterra acquiring a couple mountains in nh there is no real alternative for a family that skis 80 - 90 days and needs seasonal programs in central nh.
didn't know oscillating fan guns existed, crotch has to spend a fortune in diesel every year pushing out whales.
Yup. Not sure of the exact degrees of oscillation (I'd guess somewhere around 60 degrees based on what I have seen personally) but when they're set in that mode, they make a slow oscillation to the right and left of the "center" position over the course of maybe a minute or so, to help increase the area where the snow being made lands.
Like I said, the main times that I have seen Mount Snow doing this is when they're resurfacing and the wind speed is low. I would imagine if the wind speed is too high, when the fangun oscillates towards the direction the wind is coming from, that the risk of freezing up the gun, even with the heating systems on the nozzles/nozzle bank rings to prevent freeze up could be overwhelmed