What’s New at Bromley Mountain for Winter 2014/15
Bromley Brings on the Snow with Energy Efficient Snowmaking Upgrades & Cash Saving Programs for Guests!
Ski & Ride Programs – get going! The idea – remove the cost factor from that tricky trial period of learning to ski & snowboard. You come, we provide! We’ve set the dates for this season’s Start Fun, Start Free events. On December 21, 2014, January 19, 2015 and March 15, 2015, up to 75 guests, ages 6 and up can join us for a day on snow, free of charge. Registrants will receive an all-day Learning Zone lift ticket, an all-day Rental of ski or snowboard equipment, and instruction in the Learning Zone from 10:30am until noon. Share with your non-skiing friends, and get them out into winter! 802/824/5522 to pre-register.
Following the “free” theme, introducing… the Super Duper Ski Package! Debuting this winter season, we’ve partnered our Kidsrule Mountain Camps program with Elan skis to bring an awesome option to your winter planning process. This $599 package includes 6 Kidsrule lessons, a free pair of Elan Starr skis with Quick Trick bindings, a coupon for great deals on boots, poles and accessories, plus a Bromley Season Pass! (The Season Pass isn’t new… since Kidsrule’s inception in 2011/12, every child that completes 6 Kidsrule lessons receives a full Season Pass.) Here’s the math: the package saves $223 on lessons alone, the free skis retail for about $220, and if you’re interested in purchasing a season pass… check bromley.com for the current rates! Limited packages available; click here for full details.
Snowmaking Efficiency Upgrades – More SNOW! The short story – this winter season, Bromley is adding 74 brand new high efficiency HKD tower guns, complete with hoses, and scrapping our 59 remaining energy-hog ground guns. We will run 100% efficient equipment this season, eliminating the need to rent diesel powered air compressors (a first in Bromley snowmaking history!) and add permanent tower gun coverage to four trails. Why are we scrapping the ground guns? Efficiency Vermont announced a new incentive for Vermont Ski Resorts (more on the statewide initiative here) last spring… get rid of all your inefficient guns, and receive really, really, REALLY good incentives to purchase new, state of the art high efficiency equipment.
Other new and exciting happenings in the Bromley snowmaking world include: Collaborating with HKD to develop a new design for a portable tower gun. One side-effect to surrendering our ground guns to the scrap heap is a loss of flexibility in gun placement for tricky spots, steep spots, spots the tower guns just don’t go… In order to maintain portable options, 6 of our new tower guns will be just 6’ tall, mounted on a stable tri-pod (vs a sled, like other portable tower guns) with specially developed nozzles to allow moisture coming out of these shorter guns the appropriate “hang-time” necessary for making good quality snow with tower guns.
Can we further maximize efficiency? In partnership with Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s Sun Mountain plans to find out by installing the first Snowmaking Energy Index (SEI) in the United States this winter. This system will allow our snowmakers to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of our snowmaking system in real time, giving our team the ability to adjust variables allowing for maximum output, best quality snow & lowest energy consumption possible at all times. Speaking of firsts, we’re also the first resort in Vermont to install an Intelli-Flow Controller, giving us the option to increase snow output by maximizing available air from the compressors based on real time environmental factors. For greater detail on our snowmaking improvements, check our snowmaking blog!
2014/15 is bringing great learn-to programs and deals and massive improvements to our already great snowmaking system. Cheers to Winter!
Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vermont, six miles east of Manchester. For information on any and all things Bromley, visit bromley.com.
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