Alpe D'Huez snow making factory
Snow conditions have been excellent this winter with lots of snowfall but many resorts now have excellent snowmaking facilities - see what the team in Alpe D'huez thought when they visited the snow making factory......
Over the years, resorts have invested significant sums in trying to extend the ski season and to ensure that customers have excellent ski conditions even if it is not all falling out the skies.
Last year we wrote about the snowmaking system in Pitztal which benefits from one of only two 'all weather' snowmaking systems that can make snow in plus temperature - see Pitztal blog
Last week, it was a visit to the Alpe d'Huez snow making factory.
Not really needed much this winter with all the great snow we are having, but due to the unpredictable climate, this unit is required to guarantee snow throughout the season - was in demand last winter!
The tour started off seeing the 6 massive 440kw generators (image opposite) which supply power to the facility. These generators can pump hundreds of tonnes of water to the two storage resevoirs on the mountain.
From there the water can be distributed to the 700 cannons placed around the ski area - see the distribution of the cannons on the computer resort map below.
The water can be made into snow when the temperature drops to -3.5 degrees. The whole process is regulated on a high tech computer system.
The tour is very informative and it was certainly an insight into the technology behind the cannon........almost makes you realise why lift passes cost a lot......
Computers showing the grid of the cannons.
Image 2 is of the pumps
The resort of Alpe D'Huez has not needed the cannon facilities much this season as the skies have contributed plenty of fresh snow this winter - but its good to know that help is on hand......
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Alpe D'Huez snow making factory was posted on 10 March 2012 by Guest Blogger.