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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

Remo Bulgheroni

Head of Branch
Telephone: +41 62 887 70 54
Cellular phone: +41 79 667 43 85
Fax: +41 62 887 70 51
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Niederlassung Schweiz
Bruneggerstraße 45
5103 Möriken
Switzerland
www.pistenbully.ch

Adrian Mattli

SNOWsat
Telephone: +41 62 887 70 52
Cellular phone: +41 79 601 79 09
Fax: +41 62 887 70 51
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Niederlassung Schweiz
Bruneggerstraße 45
5103 Möriken
Switzerland
www.pistenbully.ch

Pascal Chatelain

PRO ACADEMY Trainer & Consultant
Cellular phone: +33 6 76 48 88 23
Kässbohrer E.S.E.
455 Route des Marais
ZAC Porte de Tarentaise
73790 Tours en Savoie
France
www.pistenbully.fr

Florian Profanter

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

Christoph Hofer

PRO ACADEMY Trainer & Consultant
Cellular phone: +43 664 82 19 649
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim
Germany
www.pistenbully.com
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