Ober is once again proving our desire to constantly improve the mountain. Today, we received 15 new snow guns! These are not your average snow guns, however. The SMI Super Polecat Snowmaker is a top of the line snowmaking system. We received 12 Super Polecats and 3 Standard Polecats. Gone are the days of hiking to individual snow guns to turn them on when the weather is right. We now have to ability to remotely control all our snowmakers to optimize our snowmaking capabilities.
When you are working at around 3,000 feet in elevation, it is important to take advantage of every second of snowmaking. This year will be our best year of snowmaking yet. We are due for a strong winter. Historically, every 5 years Ober receives a great amount of snow. That coupled with our new snowmaking technology puts us in prime position for an incredible winter.
The SMI Super Polecat is a big throw simple model snowmaker. This means that it has a 20HP to 25HP fan that blows snow out with a strong force. The new snowmakers will be mounted around the mountain and will utilize 18 base tubes. Each snowmaker has 30 nozzles on it that achieve water flow specific to the climate around them. This means that the snowmakers automatically adjust themselves to react to the outside temperature. So, the second we get the right temperatures to make snow, these snowmakers will turn on and do the job for us.
In the past, we have turned on our snowmakers manually. This wastes precious time that we could be making fresh snow for you to enjoy. Now, we will have the ability to produce mass amounts of snow in the most efficient way possible. We are so excited to share our new toys with you this winter and we hope you enjoy the fresh snow as much as we do!