Snowmaking aided by grant at Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Photo by Rob Pennie.

Guests to CBMR also will note increased snowmaking capabilities resulting in earlier terrain openings and a better late season base. Increased snowmaking at the base area will allow for Peachtree beginners lift and the Camp CB teaching area and magic carpets to open on the first day of the season. CBMR will also be making good use of its 10 new high-efficiency snowmaking guns courtesy of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Massachusetts-based snowmaking equipment manufacturer Snow Economics/HKD Snowmakers.

Crested Butte was one of five ski areas named by the NSAA this year as recipients of its annual Sustainable Slopes Grant program which gave grants totaling $100,000. The grants are designed to spark innovation among NSAA member resorts and provide resorts additional resources to initiate sustainability projects.

Crested Butte was one of the recipients of two in-kind high-efficiency snowmaking system grants worth $40,000 which translated to 10 snowmaking guns provided by Snow Economics/HKD Snowmakers.

“HKD is committed to sustainability and we are thrilled to contribute to the greening of ski area snowmaking and support the broader Sustainable Slopes program. Both Crested Butte and Mt. Abram submitted compelling applications for our snowmaking grants and we look forward to working closely with both resorts to realize their goal of greater snowmaking efficiency,” says Snow Economics President Charles Santry.

“These grants are a great vehicle for not only implementing new green projects at U.S. ski areas, but also to encourage the sharing of information of successful environmental programs and practices among our member resorts,” says NSAA President Michael Berry.

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