Bennett Hoffman has been busy lately.
Hoffman, Tussey Mountain Ski Area’s director of operations for the past three years, is charged with working out the kinks to make sure everything runs smoothly. He has some new toys to make that happen.
After all, Tussey Mountain’s lifts have to run just right, the snow has to be at least a foot and every employee needs to know their role on the hill.
In 2014, roughly a mile of waterline pipe has been replaced and added to eliminate the risk of leaks and emergency repairs. In addition, pressure at the summit was increased by approximately 50 psi as a result of the more direct, streamlined runs and reduced friction from the new pipes. The new piping system more than met the original objective of higher water pressures for all snow-making, which will increase the output of all the snow guns by 20 to 50 percent depending on the snow gun type and location.
On Utah, one of our main slopes, 10 water hydrants and compressed air outlets were installed to line up snow guns for greater snow-making capacity. Another major addition this year is a 400 horsepower variable frequency drive motor that will increase water pressure significantly and will work on demand rather than constant pressure to conserve water and energy. All of our tower guns and newer machines will run more efficiently with the increased water pressure. A new trail map is currently being developed to include our new glare (tree) skiing areas, future expansion areas and terrain parks.