Ski Resorts can now produce snow faster and more efficient
Denver-based EcoGroomer Inc. has secured funding from a Tampa, Fla. investment banking investor and will soon begin production of 60 of the innovative “Snow Processing Unit” systems designed to reduce resort grooming costs. The company, launched this year by skiing entrepreneur Dan Osborne, announced Thursday it had enlisted a U.S.-based construction and agricultural equipment maker, a defense contractor and a Canadian firm to supply components of the new machines, which will be assembled at a facility in the upper Midwest.
The statement said Rocky Mountain resorts will receive the new machines as soon as next winter. The plan, according to the EcoGroomer website, is to lease the grooming systems to resorts for hourly usage fees.
The system adds two separately powered, retractable Snow Processing Units that attach to a traditional groomer, While doubling the amount of terrain a groomer can smooth in a night, the systems can save major resorts millions in grooming costs. If major resorts add EcoGroomers to only a portion of the grooming fleets, Osborne says the resort industry could save 20 million gallons in diesel and $150 million in grooming costs.
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