Overnight temperatures allowed for snowmaking system testing to take place Sunday evening in to Monday morning, October 20. (Left) A view on morning of Monday, October 20 from the Mount Washington Auto Road showing a portion of Upper Lynx at Wildcat Mountain blanketed in white as a result of one night’s snowmaking test.
Pinkham Notch, NH – Wildcat Mountain has completed the largestsnowmaking upgrade in its history installing over 10 miles of newsnowmaking water and air pipe, acquiring 227 new high output/high efficiency snow guns and completingthe construction of a new, state-of-the-art, mid-mountain, booster pump house. Over $2 million dollars has been invested to dramatically improve thesnowmaking efficiency and output of Wildcat’ssnowmaking system.During the 2013/14 season, Wildcat worked with some of the industry’s leading snowmaking equipment manufacturers in what is believed to be the largest testing and demonstration project ever conducted at any mountain in the East. Following successful tests in a variety of weather conditions, delivery of new snow guns from HKD and Snow Logic have been arriving this summer and fall. In addition to the original 131 gun investment of almost one half a million dollars, Peak Resorts has recently announced an expansion of the project. An additional $330,000 was approved to acquire 96 more high efficiency units. The total investment in new guns now totals more than $800,000. Trails that will directly benefit from the snowmaking improvement project include Polecat, Lynx, Upper Catapult, Middle Wildcat, Wild Kitten, and Bobcat.As part of the original project, a new $350,000 booster pump house building facility was constructed and completed, including the installation of new diesel motors, booster pumps, diesel filtration system, heat, electricity and 3,600 gallon fuel storage capacity. Excavation of a functioning work road to and the area around the top of Middle Lynx was required to accommodate demolition of the old pump house and allow access for cement trucks to build a new foundation complete with custom grated cement floor.
From the early planning stage, the goal of the project has been to modernize and improve how efficiently the snowmaking system operates, which was a factor when deciding which technology to purchase. “Today’s snowmaking technology is so impressive and we estimate Wildcat will burn 50,000 gallons less diesel fuel annually as a result of the upgrade,” said Peak Resorts’ Northeast Project Manager, Brendan Ryan. “The completed project will ultimately lead to using less power and burning less fuel while producing more, high quality snow and the new pump house will ensure snowmaking reliability on the key upper mountain trails.”