New Snowmaking System Fires Up

27/05/2014 9:35am

The icy-cold weather system which blasted the country yesterday, provided perfect conditions for the Porters snow-making crew to crank up our brand new, fully automated SMI snow-making system.


With temperatures as low as -9 Celcius, conditions for making snow have been optimal in the past 24-36 hours, adding to natural snowfalls brought by the storm fronts. Getting the new snow-making system up and running so early, and with cold temperatures, is fantastic preparation for the 2014 winter season.

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The Porters team has been very busy over the summer months, completely re-building and installing the site specific, state-of-the-art SMI automated snow-making system. The introduction of the seven new SMI Super-Puma tower snow guns will produce 20-30% more snow than previous models.

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The addition of a VFD drive to the snow-making pump will increase the water flow rate to the system by 20%. The arrival of the guns culminates many months of planning and research, earthworks and hard work, to ensure the guns can be located strategically and effectively on the lower slopes of the mountain.

The improved efficiency of the new system will mean Porters can make more snow, faster, and, more often. It is great to see the tower guns up here in plenty of time for the optimal snow-making weeks pre-season.

The Porters team are working hard, eagerly anticipating a great opening for the ski area on Friday, June 20th.