Ober Gatlinburg is one of four ski areas to receive the 2014 annual National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes Grant. Other 2014 grant recipients are Stevens Pass, Washington; Stratton, Vermont; and Tamarack Mountain Resort, Idaho. Launched in 2009, the grant program provides cash and in-kind funding to support sustainability projects at NSAA member ski areas. “Ober Gatlinburg is extremely excited about being awarded the HKD Snowmaking Grant for 2014. This grant will allow us to continue upgrading our snowmaking system and making our whole operation more energy efficient.” Says Greg Gavrilets, Terrain Park Manager at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.
As recipients of the grant, Ober Gatlinburg and Stratton will each receive 5 HKD low energy snowmaking towers, a total value of $45,000. “HKD Snowmakers views sustainability as a high priority for the ski industry and we look forward to working with Ober Gatlinburg and Stratton to achieve immediate energy savings through the application of our equipment,” says Charles Santry, president of HKD Snowmakers.
To learn more about HKD Snowmakers and their low energy snowmaking solutions, visit HKDSnowmakers.com or contact Mark Horton, Mark@HKDSnowmakers.com. For additional information regarding Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park contact: www.obergatlinburg.com or call (865)436-5423.