Our Awesome Snowmaking is Now 41% Awesomer

November 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Continuing a massive, multi-year, multi-million dollar capital investment in snowmaking upgrades, Ski Butternut made several additional improvements during Summer 2012, all in pursuit of bringing you MORE SNOW FASTER.

In 2007, our mountain operations team oversaw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art pump house, designed to accommodate water pumps capable of sending up to 5,200 gallons of water per minute throughout the miles of snowmaking pipe that serve 100% of the trails, terrain parks, and tubing lanes at Ski Butternut. This summer, we added 2 more new pumps to that pump house, a high-pressure 600 GPM pump ideal for reaching upper-mountain trails, and a lower-pressure 900 GPM pump optimal for making snow on lower trails. This brings Ski Butternut’s total water pumping capacity to the pumping facility’s maximum, an impressive 5,200 GPM.

To put that number in perspective, this marks a 41% increase in water pumping capacity since just last season, and, as part of ongoing upgrades, more than TRIPLING of our pumping capabilities since 2006 (5,200 GPM vs. 1,600 GPM).

The improvements don’t stop there. All this extra water needs someplace to go, which is why nearly every old 6″ pipe on the mountain has been replaced in recent years with newer, wider 8″ and 12″ pipe. This summer, over a mile of old snowmaking pipe on Cruiser and Hob Nob was replaced with the new 8″ and 12″ pipes.

Once the snow is laid down by our snowmaking team, the groomers get to work, finessing it into the fine corduroy and packed powder that skiers and riders expect at Ski Butternut. We added another Bombardier groomer to our modern fleet this year to help make that task easier.

All of this adds up to MORE SNOW FASTER. Ski Butternut doesn’t rely on Mother Nature’s fickle New England winters to cover the slopes. As long as it’s cold enough to make snow, the snowmaking team can now work harder and faster than ever to open up trails. Increased pumping capacity gives us the ability to make snow on more trails simultaneously, reducing the number of cold hours required to cover all 110 skiable acres, and, weather-permitting, speeding up the rate at which we can open more trails, even when there’s little or no natural snow.

Ski Butternut is extremely grateful to its guests, who have rewarded us for our snowmaking efforts not only with their visits, but also by ranking Ski Butternut #1 in Massachusetts and #7 in the entire northeastern US for snowmaking in SnowEast Magazine’s 2012 Reader Survey.

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