Increased snowmaking at Burke Mountain
Joint effort between Burke Mountain Academy and new Burke Mountain ownership, QBurke, will increase snowmaking capability.
Together with Burke Mountain, we are thrilled to announce today a significant snowmaking project on the slopes of Burke Mountain that will take place this summer and fall. Some of the many new improvements to the snowmaking system will include a new 800hp Cameron compressor as well as over 100 high efficiency fan guns, some of them replacing outdated, inefficient snow guns currently in use at the mountain.
The new system will use the very latest in compressor and snow gun technology, which will not only significantly increase snowmaking capability, but will also dramatically reduce the amount of energy required to make snow.
BMA athletes, coaches and guest racers will reap benefits of the new snowmaking improvements. Training on Warren's Way (The Training Hill) and The Dippers will now be open earlier and have the capability to be resurfaced throughout the season, providing some of the finest training grounds in New England. "We are very excited by the commitment from the new ownership group to make these improvements and are pleased to partner in this initiative," says Kirk Dwyer.
The Burke Training Hill and Poma lift are the facilities that have the greatest impact on the success of BMA's Alpine athletes. Over the past three years, BMA has invested nearly $400,000 to enhance theAlpine training arena at Burke Mountain, including upgrades to the Poma lift and construction of a new Training Building; and in 2011, Burke Mountain invested in a new high-speed chairlift. Dwyer notes, "Improved snowmaking will enhance the efficiency of training, increase the number of training days here at home, and provide a competitive advantage relative to other Eastern ski programs. Coupled with the new high speed quad installed last season, these improvements will lead to continued momentum for BMA and Burke Mountain."
QBurke Mountain Resorts, headed by Ariel Quiros and partner Bill Stenger, president and co-owner of Jay Peak, took ownership of Burke Mountain Resort May 22, 2012.
Ya, I thought they said 100 HKD. So, better for them. When I worked at Hidden Valley NJ, the area was poor and the racing program was wealthy. They spent alot of their own money on stuff. On another topic-- will Burke just use those trails for racing? Some ski areas seem to have racing all the time. The hill or hills are almost never open to the public. I hate that. Hunter has its own two slopes and poma lift just for racers on HunterOne. Every time the lift ran it was racers only. Bousquet let rec skiers on the same run while most racers were on. They only closed Grande when it was something like Bay State Games. Another question. Does (or did before the hsq) Burke open the poma to the public?
Given the earlier article, and the mention of a new compressor (which Fan guns don't need) I'll bet this article is wrong and in fact they are getting 100 HDK's. There is also the cost issue, as the fan guns that Mt Snow bought were circa $30k per which would mean a $3 million investment. That seems a bit much given the other investments being made. In either case, good news that Burke is getting some capital investment.
The compressor could be for revamp of the old and less usefull one there. So, the new guns could use on board compressors. Or, use the on hill air. Or, the article could be wrong and its 100 HKDs. 100 fans would be alot of work to get set up. Even if most were on carrages. Thats alot of work with electric lines and boxes. 100 fans is alot bigger news than HKD, and more time and money. Most of the new fans purchased have the on board compressors these days. Its greener for the tree huggers and saves on cost of the dirty, enviorment destroying, loud machine running, global warming in the Northeast Kingdom diesel.
Their site is different from SAM news but no more clear... "high efficiency snow and fan guns."
July 23, 2012 (East Burke, VT)- QBurke Mountain Resort and Burke Mountain Academy
announce today a significant snowmaking project on the slopes of the Mountain taking place
this summer and fall. Some of the many new improvements to the snowmaking system will
include a new 800hp Cameron compressor as well as over 100 high efficiency snow and fan
guns, some of them replacing out dated, inefficient snow guns currently in use at the
The new system will use the very latest in compressor and snow gun technology, which will
not only significantly increase snowmaking capability, but will also dramatically reduce the
amount of energy required to make snow. “This will be a tremendous improvement to our
snowmaking system, that will allow us to commit to opening the resort earlier at the start of
the season, and stay open later at the end of the season. Our goal is to have one of our
earliest openings with more trails (weather permitting) for the 2012/13 season.” says General
Manager Tim McGuire
Guests will see snowmaking happen both earlier and later in the season, especially on trail
favorites like Little Dipper, Bear Den, Upper and Lower Willoughby along with several lower