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Snow Report

updated 2014-10-20 10:55:55
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Hello!

Opening day has been set for November 28, 2014.  Snowmaking is scheduled to begin November 1, 2014.  Both of these exciting dates are weather permitting, which means that all offerings of early season snow dances are welcome and accepted!  

We have some exciting snowmaking upgrades this season, not the least of which includes 78 new tower guns.  Check out what's new and the snowmaking blog, and think winter.  See you soon.

Janessa

August 12, 2014

Is there a better time of year than August to talk snowmaking?  I don’t think so.  Actually, a tradition around here is to talk deer hunting every day, followed closely by snowmaking. The snowmaking discussions, however, are definitely held within a smaller but equally passionate group.  In our continuing efforts to bring the Bromley skier the very best in snow conditions we have developed an exciting multifaceted “game plan” to this year’s upcoming snowmaking season.

Last Spring, Efficiency Vermont launched a onetime project with all Vermont ski areas:  “The Great Snow Gun Round Up.”  The thought behind the program is to have Vermont be the leading state in snow country when it comes to energy efficient snowmaking.  Ski areas that turned in older air/energy consuming ground snow guns this year, and exchanged them for new energy efficient snow guns, were eligible for additional assistance and financial incentives to complete their projects before the winter ski season. Bromley has decided to take this initiative a step further as we have chosen to turn in all of our ground guns (some of these guns are 25+ years old). That means  we’ll be one of the first ski areas in Vermont to enter this season with 100% energy efficient snow guns.  The end result is that we are trading in 63 ground guns and receiving 78 HKD Tower guns complete with snow hose…a big investment to deliver a great experience for our visitors!  With the advances in snow gun technology and the corresponding efficient use of compressed air (see below), Bromley will not be renting any diesel air compressors this year.   This is definitely a first in the history of Bromley snowmaking.

Our second snowmaking initiative that we are quite excited about also involves a first for Vermont and the US - the installation of a system called Snowmaking Energy Index (SEI).  SEI is being developed under the direction of Yaroslav Stanchek of Mountain View Technologies; Yaroslav has been the overall system designer of Bromley’s snowmaking, dating back to the mid-1990’s.  The origin of the SEI metric was brought about by the simple question “how does one compare various snowmaking systems and their effective productivity in a simple way.” Each ski area has a unique snowmaking situation with respect to size, weather, trail numbers, etc., and the SEI method allows an across-the-board comparison as to the effectiveness and energy productivity that can be predicted over a wide range of temperatures.  Energy consumption and efficiency, with the goal of lowering and controlling energy demand, is on everyone’s radar.   Bromley and Efficiency Vermont are funding the installation of the first SEI system in the United States.  This sophisticated computer control/display system will allow the snowmaking system operator to monitor the energy consumption status of the snowmaking system and adjust system parameters for maximum effective use of available energy in real time.

A third investment being made this fall involves the purchase of an Ingersoll-Rand Intelli-Flow controller.  This device will allow the system operator to raise and lower the hill air pressure as temperature conditions warrant.  The best way to explain this new device may be by example: say it rains on a given day in January and that night it will be extremely cold (not that we get these type of scenarios…but just in case!).  The situation calls for the running of as many snow guns as possible over as many trails as possible before the next day.  The Intelli-Flow will protect our two new Centac air compressors on one side (the Centacs don’t like to go below 83 psi) by holding the air at 90 psi, but on the other side of the Controller we can safely run the hill pressure down to 65 psi.  What does this mean?  Lowering the hill pressure in this scenario allows us to turn on more guns than we would normally be able to before running out of air.  Instead of operating 80 guns at 90 psi we will operate upwards of 120+ guns at 65 psi thus covering more terrain with fresh powder….resulting in a quicker turnaround to excellent snow conditions, with a more efficient use of available air!  

All of the above is a result of our continuing commitment to providing the best snow in the most prudent and cost effective manner.  We are quite excited about these changes…some philosophical…some state of the art…but all designed to give you great skiing and riding to the best of our abilities.  Recently we posted pictures of our new guns that arrived just this week.  We will keep you updated through the fall with our progress as we ready the system for November 1.

Bill Cairns
President/GM

Trail Report

  • Open = Open
  • Closed = Closed
  • Snowmaking in Progress= Snowmaking
  • Moguls = Moguls
  • Groomed = Groomed
  • Race Course = Race Course
  • Open Late = Open Late
  • Wind Delay = Wind Delay
  • Easier
  • Learning Zone
    Closed
  • Woods Run
    Closed
  • Lower East Meadow
    Closed
  • Chase It
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  • Prouty Pass
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  • Run-Around #4
    Closed
  • Run-Around #3
    Closed
  • Run-Around #2
    Closed
  • Run-Around #1
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  • Lower Boulevard
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  • Lower Thruway
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  • Plaza
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  • School Slope
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  • More Difficult
  • Ridge
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  • Yodeler
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  • Pushover
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  • Lift Line
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  • Snow Ranger
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  • Upper Twister
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  • Route 100
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  • Upper East Meadow
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  • Sunset Pass
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  • Lords Prayer
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  • Lower Twister
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  • Spring Trail
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  • West Meadow
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  • Upper Thruway
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  • Shincracker
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  • Upper Boulevard
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  • Most Difficult
  • Little Dipper
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  • No-Name Chute
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  • Avalanche
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  • Havoc
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  • Corkscrew
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  • Sunder
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  • The Glade
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  • The Everglade
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  • The Avalanche Glade
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  • Orion
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  • Spring Fling
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  • The Plunge
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  • Free Style Terrain Parks
  • Riglet Park for kids! (Weekends & Holidays)
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  • Bonanza
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  • Halo Terrain Park
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  • The Garden
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  • Lifts
  • #1 Sun Mountain Express Quad
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  • #2 Plaza Chairlift
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  • #4 Sun Chairlift
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  • #5 Alpine Chairlift
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  • #6 East Meadow Chairlift
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  • #7 Star Carpet
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  • #8 Lords Prayer T-Bar
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  • #10 Blue Ribbon Quad
    Closed