Snowmaking & Grooming

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About our Snowmaking System

Since the 1960s when Diamond Peak was the first resort in the Tahoe region to invest in a snowmaking system, we've been committed to providing our skiers and snowboarders the best snow surface possible. Thanks to the consistent and pure water supply available courtesy of the IVGID Public Works Department, Diamond Peak's snowmaking system has consistently allowed the resort to enhance what Mother Nature provides and extend the ski season.

Diamond Peak's snowmaking fleet includes upgraded and energy-efficient fan guns which are substantially more efficient and quieter than the older air/water guns. Diamond Peak is also testing new low-energy snow guns which use 1/4th the compressed air needed for the older snow guns. Air compressors are the number one source of energy consumption in the snow making system. 

HKD SnowmakerSMI Puma Snowmaker
•    gets the job done at all temperatures with four water flows, hybrid nucleation, and variable airflow
•    delivers stellar snow quality at high temperatures and big production with minimal air consumption at cold temperatures
•    The modular design of the S-Series allows for technology upgrades and streamlines general maintenance and repair work
•    equipped with an onboard aspirated weather station, air and water pressure monitoring, and automated flow control
•    small flow steps deliver a smooth snowmaking curve, fine-tuning the water volume, air pressure, and nucleation to best suit the existing conditions
•    operators can raise and lower the barrel or adjust the oscillation arc up to 359° on any number of machines from a central command station, delivering pinpoint control with minimal labor. The result is better snow distribution and reduced man-hours needed for grooming
Ratnick Snowmaker- Snow Giant IISMI Super Wizard Snowmaker
•    able to make snow at warm temperatures
•    newly redesigned mixing chamber and nozzle sets a new energy standard for internal air/water snow guns
•    Large snow particle size withstands mild temperatures better
•    best performer for marginal conditions and big throws
•    The Super Wizzard offers a 20HP (15 kW) or 25HP (18 kW) fan and 5 rings of 75 nozzles per ring that can be customized to achieve the water flows specific to our climate
•    These 375 heated nozzles are nucleated with a detachable periphery ring with 20 nucleator nozzles
•    Water adjustment is easy with four heated self-draining valves

About our SNOWsat Technology

Three (out of five) of Diamond Peak's grooming machines are equipped with Pistenbully's SNOWsat snow depth monitoring technology, allowing our grooming operators to see real-time snow depth information on the slopes as they groom, as well as allowing for greater efficiency and seeing where additional snow might be needed to maintain perfect conditions. The SNOWsat system also tracks all aspects of our snow cats' operations, including: run time, gas consumption, GPS tracking on the mountain, and service maintenance. Click here for more information on how SNOWsat works...

About our grooming fleet

During the 2017-18 ski season, the resort has added a new PistenBully 400 ParkPro 4F grooming machine to its fleet - the second ParkPro groomer in Diamond Peak’s fleet of five snow cats.

According to Mountain Operations Manager Jay Rydd, “The ParkPro is a machine that was designed around the needs of terrain parks, but its enhanced features and ergonomics make every task on the mountain easier. Diamond Peak already had one ParkPro, so adding a second one just multiplies what we are able to do every night.”

The new PistenBully 400 ParkPro 4F comes equipped with PistenBully’s newest diesel engine technology, which burns cleaner and allows for more power when needed. The new groomer is also equipped with the PistenBully SNOWsat snow depth monitoring system, which allows the resort’s snow surfaces team to more accurately monitor snow depths on the resort’s developed terrain and see where additional snowmaking might be needed throughout the season, and also allows cat operators to know where more snow might be needed on a run in real time. The SNOWsat system also tracks all aspects of Diamond Peak’s snow cats operations including: run time, gas consumption, GPS tracking on the mountain, and service maintenance.