ReNewSnow is pleased to announce Saddleback Mountain, Maine's third-largest ski resort, has agreed to be the host site for ReNewSnow’s first SnowPod prototype. The device will recycle snow melt from a high elevation ditch and supply one or more snow guns for an entire season. “This is an experimental unit, which we will use to test our technology in the harsh operating environment of Saddleback Mountain, perhaps the harshest of any ski-area in the northeast. We plan to collect valuable data, which will allow us to continue to fine tune and refine our design,” said Peter Stein, President and Chief Scientist of ReNewSnow.
“Saddleback Mountain is always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. We are delighted to host ReNewSnow’s team and are eager to see their findings,” said Jim Quimby, General Manager of Saddleback Mountain.
“The prototype will demonstrate the simplicity and effectiveness of the SnowPod. We believe, our technology will revolutionize snowmaking by lowering its energy costs by up to 50% and reducing its water supply expenses and carbon footprint by more than 80%,” said Vittorio Pareto, CEO of ReNewSnow.
ReNewSnow addresses both the economic and the environmental impact of snowmaking. Its technology allows ski resorts to recycle water from melting snow high on the mountain for use in snowmaking operations, eliminating the cost of pumping it from legacy sources across several miles and thousands of feet up the mountain. The system is designed to be fully automated, meet local permitting and regulatory requirements, and to be seamlessly integrated into the ski area’s existing snowmaking operation. With no upfront cost, ski areas can immediately cut snowmaking expenses by up to 50% and can reduce their water supply costs and carbon footprint by more than 80%.
Located in the High Peaks and Lakes District of western Maine, Saddleback Mountain was founded in 1960. Just below the mountain is the village of Rangeley, which is the gateway to Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic and Richardson Lakes. With lift access above 4,000’, a vertical drop of 2,000’, 68 runs, and 225” of annual snowfall, Saddleback has always been one of the most impressive ski mountains in New England.