Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire has a long history of sustainability. They were among the first ski resorts to use bio-diesel in their snow cats. Today, they are among the first in the East to add an electric/diesel driven snow cat to its mountain grooming fleet. The new cat uses a diesel engine to drive two electric generators which power electric motors that turn the tracks and the snow tiller. The battery charges when it goes downhill. The snow cat provides a 20% fuel savings over the standard model and reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides by 20%, and produces 99% fewer sooty particles. Noise is greatly reduced with this new energy efficient snow cat, creating a better skiing environment for their customers. The Mountain has also invested in new and refurbished snow tower guns which have a 5 to 1 air ratio vs. older snow guns. Cranmore’s snowmaking production has gone up but their electric use continues to go down. Future projects include installing an energy efficient heating pump system.
“Cranmore has a long history of supporting energy efficient initiatives at the resort. These initiatives support our core values as a company, are the right thing to do for the environment, and make good business sense.”
President & General Manager, Cranmore Mountain Resort
Attended November 2, 2016 Listening Session at Moat Mountain in North Conway, NH