Cypress Mountain’s fully automated Snowmaking system was installed in preparation for hosting the Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing competitions of the 2010 Olympic Games. The system was designed to take advantage of very high productivity during any “windows” of low temperature and humidity with state of the art automatic controls and temperature sensors.
Since the Olympic Games, Cypress Mountain has invested an additional $1,000,000 in the extension of our Snowmaking coverage. The system now includes almost 6 km of high pressure piping, 6.5 km of high voltage electrical cable and 15 new hydrants placed at important locations for slope snow maintenance. All these improvements were designed to provide the best snow conditions possible every day of the Ski and Snowboarding season.
Our coverage now extends over most of the terrain on the north face of Black Mountain including all of our Terrain Park locations, the lower part of Collins off Lions Express, and during the summer of 2014 we added full snowmaking coverage on Easy Rider Quad. Our Snowmaking capabilities provide a big boost for early season opening and an ability to refresh or maintain ski runs during the season. As well, the Easy Rider Quad coverage provides a great opportunity to introduce Snow School lessons to our Guests as early as possible to get a great start to the Season.
The experienced and highly skilled Cypress Mountain Snowmaking Crew, whom we acclaim to be the “Best in the Business”, work non-stop around the clock during stretches of snowmaking temperatures to keep close tabs on the quality and location of the snow production. They monitor winds and temperature patterns to make adjustments to produce the most snow possible under any circumstances.
Our fleet of 37 Super Pole Cat Snowguns with 60 hp Fans (double the normal capability) are unmatched in their capacity to convert clean cold mountain water to snowflake crystals. The 65 hydrant locations that we now have installed, provide excellent coverage with the capability of providing 3,000 gallons per minute to the Snowgun fleet from our 23,000,000 litre Reservoir
Cypress Mountain will continue to make investments to improve the Snowmaking System in the future in order to provide the premium man-made snow that has become one of our mainstays.
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