Windham Mountain Resort, Windham, NY (November 7, 2017) -
Windham Mountain Resort has continued its commitment to snowmaking efficiency and environmental consciousness with a new system of fully automated snow guns, nearly three miles of new snowmaking pipe, and the addition of a new PistenBully 400 Winch Cat to the grooming fleet.
Improvements to snowmaking will have the most impact on Wiseacres, a popular intermediate trail that winds through a wooded area on the ski area’s West Peak. It will now have 100% snowmaking coverage with new permanent, fully automated HKD snow guns. Beginner terrain on Wonderama has also been updated and upper portions of the Warm Up Park has the new system installed, as well. Nearly three miles of new snowmaking pipe will contribute to efficiency by ensuring there are no leaks of the water and air being pumped up the mountain.
Ted Davis, Director of Mountain Operations, explains that in a warming climate, opportunities to make snow are fewer than they used to be, sometimes only lasting for a couple of hours when they do arise. This new system will allow his team to take advantage of even the short windows of opportunity they see, with the “push of a button”, rather than the old system of set up and break down. Ted also notes the new HKD guns will greatly reduce the amount of runoff experienced with older systems. “We’ll be able to make snow earlier, faster, and better”, he says.
Windham’s state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly grooming fleet of five machines sees upgrades each season. This year, it’s in the form of a new PistenBully 400 Winch Cat. The high-performance groomer complies with Tier 4 of the emissions standards set forth by the EPA, making it the most efficient engine available. Whereas traditional groomers can only push snow down the mountain, the 4.4 ton pulling force of the winch on this machine will allow the grooming team to push snow back up the mountain, creating optimal conditions for skiers and riders.
Windham Mountain Resort remains committed to providing the best snow possible for guests, while maintaining its sense of environmental responsibility and efficiency within the snowmaking and grooming departments. With the new additions, the upcoming season is already proving to be one for the books. Look for updates on opening day at windhammountain.com, and on Windham Mountain Resort’s facebook page.
Windham Mountain Resort is a year-round destination in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, NY, about two and a half hours north of New York City. With 285 skiable acres, Windham offers 54 trails serviced by 12 lifts. The Resort includes six terrain parks, learn-to packages, ski and stay packages, dining options, an Adventure Park, the full-service Alpine Spa, night skiing, and much more. In the summer months, Windham Mountain Bike Park is famous for its World Cup course, but also features a three-mile-long beginner trail. Windham Mountain Country Club is an 18-hole public golf course with a private club atmosphere. Visit windhammountain.com for details on these activities and more, and for information on upcoming events.