New equipment installations and renovations at Gore Mountain are under way for the approaching ski season.
The mountain acquired 130 new snowmaking guns. The guns, perched on permanent 30-foot towers, mix water and air for snow.
The towers will be an improvement on the ground guns they use because they consume less energy while producing snow, said General Manager Mike Pratt. The guns will also require less labor to operate.
Adding the stationary towers will enable crews to move the ground guns, which are portable, to different trails faster than they could before, opening more trails faster.
“We have a very small inventory of guns compared to the acres of terrain,” said Pratt. Freeing up the ground guns while adding the new ones should help make up the deficit.
The energy savings make the resort more sustainable, he said, and greater production should allow them to take advantage of early season in marketing and sales.
They’re working on adding 30 more towers. These would go along the Showcase Trail, and are mounted on shorter towers because the trail is along the lift line.
A new snow groomer has also been added to the ski resort’s tool set to keep the slopes smooth for skiers.
Facility improvements include a new deck with seating for more than 100 at the Tannery Pub & Restaurant. The restaurant will also receive upgrades to the kitchen, an updated menu and flatware and silverware rather than disposable dining supplies.
Added to the Base Lodge’s lower level will be a patio off the locker room.