This summer the WVR crew has been busy laying down 33,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe and installing our new high efficiency tower and fan guns that were specially designed to fit all needs here at Waterville Valley through a partnership with the France based MND Group.
This winter we will have 500 new snow guns, 400 of which will have already been installed prior to the beginning of the season, and they have relocated 80 guns, which will allow for better snowmaking in new positions on the mountain. With a new filtration and automation system, snow will be made faster and more efficiently, saving us on average 2,780,825 kilowatts of energy (that’s enough to power 4,521 New Hampshire homes for one month!). The filtration system has been installed on the main intake in the pump house to reduce organics in the water, which will ultimately increase production of snow at a higher quality. The new snow guns have smaller orifices, and the new system creates a smaller snow particle, which will help eliminate the risk of clogs.
Also new to the snowmaking department is a special automation system that has the ability to control the new fan guns, monitor weather remotely, and make automatic changes to ensure the best snow quality and a more consistent snow surface. This system is hooked up directly to the pumps and compressors to better control the snowmaking at Waterville Valley.
From a visual standpoint, guests will also barely notice that the guns are there. The black coloring will allow them to fade into the natural environment, which will help preserve the beauty of the National Forest.