Snowmaking: From Water to Winter

Stowe Mountain Resort receives over 300 inches of natural snow every year, however mother nature's timing is not always dependable. Which is why, as long as temps allow, our highly-skilled team of mountain ops, snowmakers and groomers use the latest in technology to turn water into winter.

2014 Snowmaking Upgrades at Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Resort receives an average of 300+ inches of natural snow on Vermont’s highest peak each ski season. Even with one of the most productive natural snow environments east of the Rockies, Stowe is currently investing more in snowmaking than any other resort. From incomparable snow surfaces to modern lifts, mountain access technologies, world-class amenities and exceptional service, Stowe Mountain Resort differentiates itself by being bigger than a mountain.

The ongoing mountain improvements that have taken place over the past decade in Stowe are too numerous to mention here, but at the core of it all and the genesis of a half-billion dollar master plan is snowmaking. Beginning with the formation of a 116 million gallon water storage area named Peregrine Lake and New England’s first and only fully-automated snowmaking system on Spruce Peak, snowmaking at Stowe Mountain Resort has become a new benchmark for the ski industry.

Stowe Mountain Resort’s continued investment in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations include an additional 3.4 million dollars in new equipment and upgrades this summer, which consist of 100 HKD tower guns, 3 Super Pole Cat fan guns and miles of new snowmaking pipe.

Add that to the 4.7 million invested last summer for a two year total that includes; 445 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 20 Super Pole Cat fan guns and another seven miles of new snowmaking pipe. In addition to supplementing its already superlative snowmaking, the improvements allow Stowe to operate with greater energy efficiency and eliminate over 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions. From a skier’s standpoint, the new snowmaking increases potential for more early season terrain, increases overall snow quality and allows mountain operations to resurface the mountain more quickly.