Greenwood ski resort gets $80,000 grant for 10 high-efficiency snow guns

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GREENWOOD — Thanks to a National Ski Areas Association grant of $80,000, Mt. Abram Family Resort will get 10 high-efficiency snow-making guns from Massachusetts-based snow-making equipment manufacturer Snow Economics/HKD Snowmakers.

The Greenwood resort won the grant along with Crested Butte, Colo., in early May at the NSAA conference in Orlando, Fla., Mt. Abram Marketing and Sales Director Kevin Rosenberg said on Wednesday afternoon.

Greg Sweetser, executive director of the Ski Maine Association, who attended the conference, accepted the award on behalf of Mt. Abram.

Rosenberg said the new snow guns technology will cut energy costs and allow Mt. Abram to commit to a greener, more effective snow-making system.

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“It’s great to be recognized on the national level for the efforts we have put forth on increasing our awareness of the environmental impact of snow-making and its energy costs that get consumed by it,” Tricia Johnson, Mt. Abram general manager, stated in a Wednesday report.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to improve our system and have less impact on the environment while leading the charge with new capital improvements,” Rosenberg said.

He said that because both the Mt. Abram and Crested Butte resorts submitted equally compelling grant applications, Snow Economics couldn’t decide on either, so it awarded each resort an $80,000 grant for the 10 snow guns each.

Rosenberg said Mt. Abram will be working with HKD Snowmakers in the coming months to install the new equipment with their current system to have it ready for the 2010-11 season.

“Increasing the efficiency of snow-making technologies to put forth the coming season is exciting,” Rosenberg added.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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