Light on the snowmaking

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You can't talk about a ski resort without talking about snow! The snowmaking is essential in order to offer beautiful and stable conditions, especially at the beginning of the season where it not only allows the season to start earlier, but also provides a fairly stable base that will last until spring skiing.

We shed light on this operation that often happens behind the scenes in the mountains!

Cold and humidity ratio

Snowmaking is not magic, however, and requires specific conditions in order to be effective. Regardless of the performance of a snowmaking system, it is Mother Nature who has the last word since it is the ratio between the cold and the humidity of the air that will allow a good snowmaking.

The air temperature must be cold and the humidity low so that the water that will come out of the cannons turns into quality snow.

Ideal conditions would be an air temperature of -12°C and humidity of 0%. So, if it is -10°C, but the humidity is very high, it will not be good for snowmaking.

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We have about 300 snow cannons of different types in the mountains: cannons with fixed heads, cannons with different heads and fan cannons.

Having different types of snow cannons is essential in order to be able to adapt to the different microclimates on the mountain. By having a versatile fleet that offers different water/air ratios, it allows us to position ourselves in different places on the mountain depending on the temperatures and winds.

For its part, the fan-type cannon has the advantage of producing air without the need for the energy of an air compressor. It therefore only needs to be supplied with water. We have between 3 and 4 fan guns, a good ratio for the area of the mountain!

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Our investments

Every year we make improvements to our snowmaking system, whether by expanding our fleet of snow cannons, investing in our pipes, pumps and snow groomers and integrating new technologies.

This is more than 3 million dollars invested in recent years, and more than 2 million planned for next year.

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Every year, a whole team brings together their common knowledge and passion to launch snowmaking on the mountain.

Watch our video to discover the world of those who work hard to find you on the slopes. Chills of happiness guaranteed!

Plan de damage et d’enneigement à venir

14-16 janvier
Enneigement dans la 4KM, le parc à neige familial, la Magnum, la Toussiski et la Cascade.

17 janvier - 19 janvier
Nous avons fini l’enneigement et le damage dans la Cascade et la Toussiski, celles-ci sont ouvertes depuis le 18 et 19 janvier.

Nous poursuivons l’enneigement dans la 4KM, le parc à neige, la Magnum et la Super. Nous prévoyons d'ouvrir la 4KM au courant de la semaine prochaine, dès que possible.

Prochaines phases d’enneigement
1- Grande Coulée
2- Slalom et Sherbrooke prévue en février