Ski Bromont’s commitment to winter started early in the 2014 ski season: Its snow guns were operating for the first time in October, with an aim to open the ski area by November 22.
The Quebec ski area has invested nearly $3.5 million over the past year to enhance its snowmaking as well as trail grooming capacity in order to optimize the visitor experience.
“We aim to be an international industry leader in snowmaking and trail grooming,” said Charles Désourdy, president and CEO of Ski Bromont. “We expect to get there through the innovative approach of our team, our on-site research and those realised with the Université de Sherbrooke, and the outstanding quality of our equipment.”
This year, Ski Bromont’s investments include some 50 new pole-type snow guns to the thousands already in place and two more fan guns, for a total of 10. Snowmaking capacity has consequently increased to approximately 7000 gallons a minute.
Trail grooming will now go on 22 hours a day, with a total of 8,000 hours of grooming expected to be done over the course of the 2014 season. Also, a new snow groomer has been added to Ski Bromont’s fleet. Trail grooming, in preparation for the new season, has already been undertaken using a new TerraTrac mountain tractor, unique of its kind in Quebec.
The Brome and Cowansville trails have been given a make-over and six snow parks will be available to freestylers on various hillsides. These parks offer varying degrees of difficulty, to allow access to everyone. They have also been located on trails that get good snow coverage for an earlyopening.
As a final touch, Ski Bromont now has a minibus to shuttle customers between the Versant du Village parking lots and the resort entrance.
For more information on Bromont, see www.skibromont.com.
Photo courtesy of Ski Bromont.
SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles