Caberfae Peaks adds new snow making equipment for ski season
WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- “It's a high capacity gun called a super polecat,” said Caberfae Peaks Mountain Opeations Manager Tim Meyer as he described his new equipment. "It can really flow a lot of water, and produce a lot of snow, and it will cover this big area right here and it will turn it white in a hurry.”
While Caberfae makes adjustments to it’s snow making equipment every year, this year they’ve added 10 new installations, including the super polecat.
“The main difference between this and what we used to have here before is that the super polecat has a bigger fan motor that allows it to throw its snow farther, a greater distance," said Meyer. "It also has a bigger water ring with more nozzles so you can actually flow more water through this machine and it's gonna make more snow.”
To operate the new machines, Caberfae had to install 1,500 feet of steel pipe and 3 miles of wire underground, providing plenty of power to make plenty of man made snow.
“That's the bulk of what our base is and what we ski on," Meyer said. "The natural snow like you seeing that's falling right now is awesome and it makes everything nicer and better, but we just don't get enough of it and it's just not reliable enough to ski for a full winter.”
Once the temperature hits 28 degrees or below the machines will all be up and running, and Caberfae is hopeful the mountain will be ready to go by Thanksgiving weekend.
“Right now that’s still in front of us and that’s what we’re shooting for, and the way this fall has transitioned right into early winter, we’re very optimistic that it will be just a matter of a couple weeks and these machines will be running and we’ll be building our base,” Meyer said.
In addition to the new machines, Caberfae Peaks also added new balconies onto the lodge at the base of Caberfae.