Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood is embracing the change of seasons with more than $1 Million in improvements. These include a new Rossignol Experience Center, an expanded Children’s Sports Center, new snow cats and terrain features, and more than $300,000 in snowmaking improvements. With opening day less than a month away, it’s time to box up your beach toys and get out your winter gear because we’ll be on the snow before you know it. Read on to see how this year’s improvements are creating a better experience for guests at Southern California’s closest winter resort.
Mountain High has been Southern California’s first resort to open for the past 16 years and this winter they are able to make snow even faster with the addition of six (6) new Super PoleCat fan guns from SMI and one swing-arm fan gun from Technoalpine. The SMI Super PoleCat snowmakers are big throw, simple nozzle fan guns that are fully automatic and perfect for all temperature conditions. Plus the extended reach of the Technoalpine swing-arm snowmaker means the Mountain High can place the snow exactly where they want it, even in windy conditions.
Gone are the days of huge staff hiking the resort adjusting snow guns with a wrench and prayer. These guns are fully automatic so they adjust themselves based on the conditions. They can be dialed down to make heavier base snow or dialed up to create champagne powder. Some guns can even be activated by remote control.
Mountain High operates one of the largest snowmaking systems in the country and is continually striving to increase its coverage and efficiency while reducing overall fuel consumption. This is no small task, so for the better part of 10 years, Mountain High has been adding electric fan guns, installing new compressors, and retrofitting its exiting hydrants to perform at peak capacity. The current system is now 30% more efficient that it was a decade ago allowing Mountain High to make more snow than ever using fewer resources. It is also being run by a new captain, Eric Loveng, formerly the Assistant Snowmaking Manager, who carries with him 20 years of snowmaking experience spread between Mountain High, CA, and Snow Valley, CA.