Savings and more income
The snow infrastructure of a modern ski resort consists of snowmaking and snow storage. By combining the best aspects of both snowmaking and snow storage, snow safety will be improved and snowmaking costs will be cut.
It is easier for customers to buy the services of the ski resort when the exact opening date of the snow season is known months in advance. Being able to guarantee snow also improves the ski resort’s image and improves sales throughout the season.
Snow Secure’s concept provides the best end results when you want to guarantee snow in an area of 2000 –200.000 m2 in the beginning of the skiing season.
It is possible to obtain EU funding or other types of public funding for the snow storage coverss. The acquisition of snow storage covers is also a valid investment that can be entered in the balance sheet of your company. The snow storage covers can be re-used year after year.
At many ski resorts, water is a valuable element. A snow storage pile is a form of water storage, and it reduces the need to build expensive water reservoirs for snowmaking or to pump water up the slopes.
A first snow slope at Ruka in the beginning of October.
The Snow Secure snow storage concept is the result of a long product development process. It is a reliable and easy-to-use solution. Thanks to its good insulating properties and water vapour blocking ability, this new method is also effective.
It takes about one workday for a team of eight persons to insulate or disassemble a 10.000 m3 snow storage pile. Stored snow has great durability properties. One metre of stored snow is equivalent to about 1.5 metres of compacted, freshly made cannon snow when the air temperature remains above 2 degrees Celsius.
The Levi Black snow storage pile in the background. At the front, a folded snow storage panel with an advertisement cover on top. In the winter, you could use the folded panels as furniture in a pop-up restaurant or a labyrinth for kids, for example.
Snow Secure snow storage covers
Width 4 m
Length 18 m
Total area 72 m2
Weight approx. 200 kg
Height: 1.05 m
Width: 1.2 m
Length: 4 m
Insulation 70 mm XPS Finnfoam assembled inside PVC-cover.
The insulation consists of 70 mm XPS Finnfoam installed between PVC fabric layers.
The expected service life of a UV-protected, PVC laminated snow storage panel is 20 years, when a surface covering is used on top to provide additional protection against UV radiation.
One snow storage panel can be used to insulate 72 m2. Two panels can be attached to each other, which allows 144 m2 of snow surface to be insulated in one pull. In the autumn, the panels can be folded up extremely quickly. The protective cover of the Snow Secure snow storage package includes a ready-made advertising space that can be used to generate additional income. In the winter, the folded-up panels could be used, for instance, as furniture in a pop-up restaurant or a labyrinth for kids.
Smaller PE-laminated snow storage panels (1.25 m / 2.5 m x 9 m) are also used in some situations. Ann panels are attached to each other using cable ties to create a well-insulated and durable snow pile.
Surface cover options
PE film, completely white. Thickness 0.3 mm. Width 16–22 m. Length 40–100 m. Attached using a special tape.
PP geotextile, white, 1000 g/m2. Attached using hook-and-loop tape.
(PET textile with HDPE plastic coating on one side. The product is in the testing phase.)
Tape for attaching the PE film.
Hook-and-loop tape for attaching geotextiles.