Snowmaking Manager, Tommy Long, takes over the blog this week to give a mountain update.
Pajarito’s opening day is scheduled for November 25 this year which is only 88 days away! We have been preparing the mountain for winter operations and wanted to update you on a few key projects.
We are committed to making improvements to our snowmaking system that will allow for more efficient snowmaking and better snow. Snowmaking improvements are so crucial to our operation because the more sophisticated the overall snowmaking system, the earlier we’re able to get the runs covered and start turning the lifts. In a nutshell this work helps us open earlier than past seasons with a better snow product.
New Water Collection Pump
One of the largest improvements to our snowmaking system is the replacement of our water collection pump. The old pump needed significant repairs to function at an acceptable level so we opted to purchase a brand new pump from Europe. This pump’s impellers will be instrumental in withstanding sediment content in the water. The pump impellers are the internal parts of the pump unit that push water through the pump. These items are the spinning internal part of the pump much like the blades of a fan that push air. These improved features will ensure the longevity of the pump for years to come. The new pump will remain in the same location as the old pump at PS200.
Removal of the old water collection pump
Every year we have a detailed list of maintenance tasks to complete before snowmaking begins. A big part of this is lift maintenance. There are a series of mechanical and electrical tests we conduct to ensure the lift is working exactly the way it should. For example, we go through and grease and inspect all the sheave wheels and tower cross arms to make sure they are in good working order.
Sheave wheels: A metal wheel, lined with a special type of rubber, which either supports or depresses the haul rope.
Tower cross arms: The horizontal arm on top of a tower, to which the sheave wheels are attached.
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