Trustee and engineer extraordinaire George Foote has designed a simple, effective and elegant snowmaking and irrigation system for our Memorial Field and Norm Wight Alpine Ski Area. Trustee and carpenter extraordinaire Carl Von Mertens has been working with Bob Miles to build a pump house for the system and we are on track for completion well before our first freeze. The new system will allow our Nordic Team to train on snow during the critical early weeks of the season starting in mid to late November, thus cutting down on travel and roller ski sessions. We have designed a 3/4 kilometer loop that uses the upper field and a nordic trail crossing the downhill area for training and technique work. Having the flat surface with snow cover will allow us to develop the skills of our novice and intermediate skiers leading up to our use of the more challenging trails at our Nordic Center. The big hill will help our Eastern Cup skiers prepare for their early races this season.
Mr. Foote worked with Director of Building and Grounds Andy Hungerford and HKD Snowmakers in Massachusetts to develop an affordable, energy efficient and easy to operate system. We continue to work on our solar proposal in the hopes that it will one day power the snowmaking operation. In the summer the same system will be used to irrigate and improve the playing field. This system is different than others in that it will use more affordable plastic piping rather than steel for the air and water conduits. With our high elevation (our trails top out at 1800 feet above sea level) we anticipate being able to hold the snow once we make it. This might be the first time in my life I have said that, “I can’t wait until November!”