Cross Country Snowmaking
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 completion, conservative estimates of $200,000+ ROI per low-snow season translate to less than five low-snow years to recoup the 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.
- All earthwork trenching for required infrastructure is complete. The pumphouse building is still under construction, and the area surrounding it is closed off.
WHAT IS THE STATUS?
- All snowmaking infrastructure is complete. Contractors are working on completing the pumphouse through spring 2023.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST?
- The board approved a budget for installation of the snowmaking system and purchase of snow guns not to exceed $1,303,601.
- Operating costs: The association is budgeting up to $65,000 annually to make snow on a 3-km loop for early-season skiing and to ensure access to great terrain all season long.
- Jan. 27, 2023 board meeting presentation
- May 27, 2022 board meeting presentation
- November 11, 2021 board meeting presentation
- August 27, 2021 board meeting presentation
- May 28, 2021 board-approved snowmaking presentation (including map)
- April 3, 2020 decision paper for approval
- February 2019 decision paper to create snowmaking project