Jiminy Peak

The satellite based fleet management system with snow depth measurement

It comes as no surprise that Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the first ski area in the East to implement SNOWsat into its grooming fleet. Leading the ski industry in sustainability and environmental awareness is nothing new to the Massachusetts resort. Currently, a staggering 90% of the resort's electrical power comes from local renewable sources. Installed in 2007, Jiminy Peak's 1.5 megawatt wind turbine provides approximately 66% of the resort's electrical demands annually. More recently, Jiminy Peak became a part of the largest community solar installation in the Northeast. The 2.3 megawatt solar project covers 12 acres near the base of the resort and provides solar power to Jiminy Peak as well as over 100 local community solar subscribers. A cogeneration system which is more environmentally friendly than traditional power plants produces 400,000 kWh per year and is the heating source forJiminy Peak's Country Inn and amenities. Additional energy savings and efficiency are performed on a daily basis using new LPX snowmaking technology in conjunction with decades of careful water and land planning. Jiminy Peak's decision to purchase SNOWsat in 2015 was just one more logical step forward on a path to a further enhanced financially and environmentally sustainable future.

Tyler Fairbank, CEO of Jiminy Peak Resort, MA, responded to a few of our questions about how the SNOWsat system has thus far impacted the resort. Jiminy Peak is currently home to 2 SNOWsat systems and 4 PistenBully 600s.

PistenBully-News: What was the primary incentive for Jiminy Peak to purchase SNOWsat?
Tyler Fairbank: We want to be as smart as possible when it comes to balancing the costs of making and moving snow while providing our guests an outstanding on snow experience. We felt SNOWsat would give us the information we needed to be able to do that in a way we have never been able to before. We were right. Having SNOWsat this year has been invaluable.

PistenBully-News: With a slow start to the season for the entire East Coast, can you say that SNOWsat has lessened the financial impact of warm temperatures and little early natural snow fall? 
Tyler Fairbank: We were able to have detailed views of the trails that allowed us to see factually where we had moveable snow and where we had thin coverage. It takes the guesswork out of it for the groomers. They do not necessarily know what the underlying terrain looks like. They we able to "spread the butter" much more effectively. We also had a fact based understanding of exactly how much snow we had on each trail and altered our snowmaking plans accordingly. That saved us a lot of money. That was huge.

PistenBully-News: How have your operators reacted to the system?
Tyler Fairbank: They love using it. Even the guys who have been around forever that I was concerned wouldn't like it thought it was fantastic.

PistenBully-News: What is your favorite feature of SNOWsat and why?
Tyler Fairbank: I am not an operator so I can't speak to the features on board the machine, but being able to factually see what the coverage on the mountain is and make fact based decisions about where to make snow and where to move snow to is saving us a lot of money. It's one of the first things I look at every morning now.

PistenBully-News: How was the support that KATV provided to your resort from the SNOWsat installation to the technical support up to this point in the season?
Tyler Fairbank: Terrific. Outstanding support.

PistenBully-News: At this point in time, can you say that SNOWsat has been a good investment for your resort? Would you recommend the technology to other resorts?
Tyler Fairbank: Absolutely it was a good investment and I would highly recommend it.

PistenBully-News: Do you have any additional comments or concerns about SNOWsat?
Tyler Fairbank: It's one of those tools that once you have it, you can't imagine living without it.


Contact

Sales

Stefan Spindler

Vice-President Sales and Marketing
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Werner Seethaler

Sales Manager Export PistenBully
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 402
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Alexander Hörger

Head of Used and Utility vehicles
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 424
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Stefan Lux

Head of Business Unit SNOWsat
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 410
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Florian Profanter

Head of PRO ACADEMY
Cellular phone: +39 331 492 67 78
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Florian Gebhardt

Technical consulting
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 407
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Harald Häge

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 411
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Steve Junghans

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 403
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Johannes Linder

Used and Utility vehicles
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 422
Cellular phone: +49 (0)171 403 62 17
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Wolfgang Lutz

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 415
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Georg Miller

Technical consulting
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 406
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Harald Schmid

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 414
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Sales assistance

Doris Dorm

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 416
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Katja Doster-Schenk

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 413
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Heike Lohmüller

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 412
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Margarete Manger

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 404
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Marina Munivrana

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 427
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany

Beate Schlossbauer

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 405
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany
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