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Supplemental Snowmaking and Synthetic Bamboo

Happy new year!

I hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and are ready to start this new decade on the right foot. To help you do that, we’ve packed this issue with some great articles that we hope will help get your ski resorts and ski areas, as well as trail networks, ready to face one of the biggest threats to our industry: climate change.

Read about the Snowfactory from TechnoAlpin. This is not a new technology, but is starting to have more of a presence as Ski Apache – located in New Mexico – received their system last October (the second system to land in North America). This supplemental snowmaking system has been used in Europe for years, and will surely be a welcomed addition to the southern resort as the mercury continues to stay warmer, longer.

Ski resorts and ski areas have long used bamboo to mark trail systems. However, due to recent political tensions, many suppliers are experiencing increased difficultly when trying to import bamboo. Many suppliers have decided to abandon bamboo imports altogether, leaving resorts and ski areas with few viable options. Step in Reliable Racing Supply, who has created Syn-Boo; a synthetic bamboo that is more durable – and lighter – than the real thing.

You won’t want to miss this issue’s cover story. We met up with Prinoth who provided three snow groomers for the 2019 Audi FIS Women’s World Cup at Killington Resort in Vermont last month. This is sure to be a big year for industry veteran Prinoth, as they share with us other notable partnerships for 2020.

The 2020 SnowOps Equipment Comparison Guide is now accepting submissions. Don’t see a category for your equipment? Drop me an line and let’s see what we can figure out.

As always, I hope you enjoy this issue of SnowOps and that you find the articles beneficial to your business. Don’t forget to reach out if you have any comments or topics that you would like to see in upcoming issues of SnowOps. Finally, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s to the new roaring ’20s!

Happy snow operations,


Lindsay Risto