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WHY THIS PROJECT?

  • Past seasons have seen little snow at low elevations, which affects TDXC and those who want to utilize this amenity.
  • This investment also protects key association revenue, which can stabilize overall dues and costs. After Phase 2 completion, conservative estimates of $200,000+ ROI per low-snow season translate to less than five low-snow years to recoup investment.
  • Days of operation at TDXC (Average season length = 136 days)
    • 2017-18 (low-snow year): Open 65 days
    • 2014-15 (drought year): Open 31 days
    • 2013-14 (drought year): Open 80 days

WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS?

  • The acquisition of snowmaking capabilities will create more member enjoyment out of cross country winter trails all season long. Short-term impacts include construction that will be conducted during the summer months, which will not impact cross country ski operations. There will be minimal impact on summer trail use.
  • All earthwork trenching for required infrastructure will be conducted on existing soft-covered roads to minimize disturbance.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

  • This project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2022.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST?

  • The board approved a budget for installation of the snowmaking system and purchase of snow guns not to exceed $1,089,079.
  • Operating costs: The association is budgeting up to $45,000 to make snow on a 3-km loop for early-season skiing and to ensure access to great terrain all season long.

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