Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County has been getting a snowmaking overhaul during the offseason to the tune of $4 million.
Alterra Mountain Company budgeted $555 million at 12 mountain destinations over the next five years, and officials at Snowshoe are eager to begin upgrading.
Snowshoe’s current snowmaking system will be replaced with a state-of-the-art system that has the potential to increase snowmaking capabilities.
“Part of the investment involves, for lack of a better term, some weatherproofing. If we do have some extremely warm or rainy weather at some point during the season, this will help us shore up our defenses against that,” said Operations Director Ken Gaitor.
The new system will conserve energy and allow more of the mountain terrain to be open earlier in the season. More terrain means a reduction in overcrowding during the holiday season.
“We’ll be able to get more terrain open faster,” continued Gaitor. “We want to simultaneously make more snow faster and of a higher quality while, at the same time, reducing our carbon footprint and going greener. So, it’s a win, win for us.”
Officials said the new system will be open by the beginning of October to give crews plenty of time to test out the equipment and get the powder down in time for the season opener.