The Georgian Peaks Club in Thornbury, Ontario was started by a group who envisioned the ability to ski from the top to the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment. 89 acres of skiable terrain, and the steepest runs in Ontario make getting ample snow coverage difficult early in the season. Georgian Peaks invested in a system of 200 guns, run by KLiK Automation to get their season started.
Georgian Bay, at the base of the Georgian Peaks Club, keeps the air warmer longer, which makes snowmaking difficult during the beginning of the season. It’s key to take advantage of low temperatures, and KLiK automation makes getting the job done possible. Automation is set up on the steepest trail, it’s easier to manage from the control room and safer for the snowmakers. Darryl McPhatter, Snowmaking Surprivisor, can turn guns on and off from a large touch screen in the control room. “Now it takes about 10-15 minutes to start the trail with KliK Automation, it would take 4-6 hours to fire up manually. Now we can capture those 4-6 hours windows and it really starts to pay off,” says McPhatter. The team also utilizes iSno to call up snowmaking and pump station data, and has been a huge asset for Georgian Peaks Club.
Georgian Peaks Club has about a trail and a half with automation at the ski area, but members are vocalizing that it’s a better surface to ski and race on. Check out the full story here, (video link)