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November 21, 2016

Wachusett Mountain's $2M snowmaking expansion ready to run

Courtesy Photo Snowmaking efforts will be enhanced with additional capacity as well as computing power.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton celebrated the grand opening of its new pumping station on Friday that is part of a $2 million snowmaking expansion.

The expansion included construction of a new snowmaking pump house and installation of new computer-controlled technology on the mountain’s signature “Ralph’s Run” trail, according to a release from the mountain, which is located 30 minutes from Worcester.

The project included:

  • Doubling the mountain’s pumping capacity from 4,000 to 8,000 gallons per minute – meaning snowmaking crews can cover two trails overnight with a foot of snow on each.
  • Increasing energy efficiency, allowing more snow to be made overnight when temperatures are colder, rather than making snow while guests are skiing.
  • Add over 40 Computer Controlled HKD Tower Guns on Ralph’s Run that will monitor temperature and humidity, making adjustments automatically to increase output and improve quality.

Snowmaking at the mountain will begin as soon as temperatures permit. Wachusett hopes to open within the next week, weather allowing. The mountain is scheduled to open by Saturday, November 26 or sooner if weather and snowmaking conditions permit.

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