Boreal, new lift, new snowmaking and now green
Wed 02 July 08
Ready for 2008/9 the Californian resort are replacing the Gunnar’s double with a spanking new quad lift. They are also doubling the snowmaking capacity and from this month all its energy will be from a 100% renewable source
The new Castle Peak Quad will replace the existing Gunnar’s double chair, increasing base area capacity on beginner/novice runs and evolution terrain parks. The new lift will take skiers and riders to a slightly higher end point than the Gunnar’s chair, offering skiers and riders terrain to the resorts mid-mountain.
The improvements at Boreal do not end there. The resort will also be upgrading to a fully automated SMI Fan snowmaking system that will double its current output capacity and dramatically improve efficiency. This will make for a much improved early season product, cementing Boreal’s reputation as the first place to be in a Northern California winter. The expanded snowmaking system will not only increase capacity, it will reduce the resort’s carbon emissions by over 300 tons by eliminating compressed air.
“Our overall goal at Boreal is to continue improving our beginner and family experience, as well as improving the quality of our early season product”, said Jody Churich, General Manager of Boreal and Soda Springs. “Our corporate objectives always consider improving our carbon footprint when venturing into expansion plans as well,” she added.
With over $2.6 million dollars in summer improvements at Boreal, season passholders and ticket buyers will have lots to enjoy at Boreal next season. In addition, Boreal’s rental shop will complete a three year upgrade in its rental fleet to all Burton snowboards and boots, and Volkl skis.
Powdr Corp announced that it will offset 100 percent of the grid supplied electricity consumed at its seven ski and snowboard resorts and one tubing park through the purchase of renewable energy credits beginning in June 2008. Powdr Corp’s purchase of nearly 50 million kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) is the second largest among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) partners in the travel and leisure category.
“We are passionate about the snowsports industry and the quality of life it provides to our families, team members and guests,” said Brent Giles, director of environmental affairs for Powdr Corp. “Our commitment to offset 100 percent of our resorts’ power from renewable energy sources is another step in the right direction to sustain our mountain lifestyle for years to come.”
Thu 03 July 08, John Nike Leisure Centre, United Kingdom
Over 100 of the UK's top freestylers including local ripper Cody Heirons will be destroying the slopestyle course over the weekend which will include a 42ft long, 5ft high rollercoaster rail
Thu 03 July 08, Summit at Snoqualmie, USA
The Summit at Snoqualmie has received the green light from the United States Forest Service to begin the installation of a new high-speed quad chairlift, named Silver Fir Express
Thu 03 July 08, Cardrona, New Zealand
New Zealand has once again secured a stop on the prestigious FIS World Cup circuit, with Snow Sports New Zealand hosting the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup Half Pipe at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Lake Wanaka on September 6 - 7
Thu 03 July 08
Lake Wanaka's 2008 ski season is officially underway with all four fields open for business.
Sun 06 July 08, Snowpark, New Zealand
Little bit late posting this but permission has been granted in NZ for a gondola to link Snow Park NZ, Waiorau Snow Farm and a third planned ski area, Roaring Meg Resort.