More Efficient and Effective Snowmaking

More Efficient and Effective Snowmaking

The way you use equipment can have a big impact.

The ski industry has gone through a significant transformation in the last decade as it relates to snowmaking. The concept is the same, mix air and water at the right temperature and you get snow. The trick is how to reduce your costs, with the two biggest components of the cost being labor and energy. The transformation that has taken place has been automation and reduction in energy. Here in North America, we haven’t quite put our arms around the automation part, but we have when it comes to energy use. One of the leading motivators in energy reduction is VEIC headquartered in Vermont.
VEIC is leading the way by providing a tool to improve snowmaking both from a cost and energy perspective. VEIC knows that the right tools can make the difference when it comes to making quality snow at the least cost. Their work with essentially all the ski areas in Vermont through their administration of the energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, has reduced energy consumption at ski areas by an average of 14% and has given them insight into the development of a modeling tool.
VEIC has created a snowmaking dashboard which can be integrated with existing snowmaking control systems. Their software will take the data, run it through their proprietary modeling program, and determine your breakeven point. The dashboard, against different metrics, can alert the system operator when the system is running in the green, below the benchmark or when it is operating in the red, at a cost point above your threshold.
The right tools can help snowmaking teams make smarter decisions.
The Snowmaking Dashboard can help to:
Optimize operations, without sacrificing a great snow experience
Mitigate the cost of snowmaking activities
Generate data and reports for management and sustainability teams
Quantify operational gains and identify areas needing improvement across a portfolio of mountains
Here’s what one Vermont snowmaking plant supervisor has said about the Snowmaking Dashboard:
“The Snowmaking Dashboard gave us detailed visibility of our operation’s energy usage that we didn’t previously have. This allowed us to modify our operating methods and reduce energy consumption.”
If you want to make improvements in your snowmaking, I strongly suggest you contact Adam Sherman at:
128 Lakeside Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 540-7863

Data and Information

Database of record: Centralized and organized data assists in recognizing and evaluating patterns, resulting in more thoughtful planning and informed predictions.

Rapid, intuitive retrieval of current and historical data (accessible on or offsite) improves decision making at all levels of management.

Simple report generation.

Reduces risk and potential lawsuits.

Supports visualization of current and future mountain infrastructure (e.g. Gazex explosives locations, forest thinning, designing new runs, parking, etc.).


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Ski Patrol

  • Ease of real-time data entry (no more logbooks or spreadsheets!).
  • Use of common language allows for consistent communication and information sharing.
  • Increases safety by minimizing accidents through pattern analysis of incidents.
  • Accident Investigation and Risk Management.
  • Snow Safety (Ski Patrol) Training.

The web and mobile application suite will provide editing and data collection tools for mapping incidents (wrecks, accidents) of any kind.

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Avalanche Module


Ability to document, track and analyze slope conditions with one tool.

Ease of real-time data entry (no more logbooks or spreadsheets!).

 Centralized and organized data assists in recognizing and evaluating patterns, resulting in more thoughtful planning and informed predictions.

Provides detailed current and historical weather patterns for visualizing/predicting.

Saves money through more precise use of explosives. 

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The dispatch and risk module leverage Esri’s Survey 123 for ArcGIS, providing an intuitive survey-form, data-driven workflow for point feature collection and reporting. Data collected with SmartMountain Survey apps, which are available for both web browsers and native desktop and mobile apps for standard operating systems, are integrated with one or more SmartMountain modules, providing real-time or disconnected and later synchronized workflows for data collection and integration.

Each ski resort decided what they wish to display on the Dispatch Dashboard including on-hill incidents, walk-in incidents, on-hill refusals,  missing persons, work details for different departments, ski patrol rosters for the day, clearances, and sweeps.

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  • Logs for Lift Maintenance, Lift Operations, and Groomer inspections, as well as building inspections.
  • Logs can record data and signatures, can record stops, station assignments.
  • Logs are tracked by calendar.


  • Management review made easy through the use of Excel – reviewing a major grouping of assets or a single component of an asset such as a drive or a gearbox.
  • All information related to a system(asset) is in one place whether it be a lift inspection report, a manual, oil analysis, a service bulletin, or a letter from a vendor.


  • Every user has a unique dashboard.
  • Dashboards can be customized to reflect a user’s specific needs.
  • Quick access to the status of work and cost .


  • The schedule function in MountainOffice provides for detailed instructions by task, recording of data such as the temperature of a gearbox, and service bulletins.
  • All schedules can have a time or counter trigger.