Ten energy-efficient snow guns have been installed at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
The guns combine cool water with compressed air to produce snow. They were installed along the Lower Stagecoach ski run on the Nevada side of the mountain and are expected to reduce the resort's average annual snowmaking energy use by about 378,000 kilowatt hours compared to the older snow guns. According to Nevada energy officials, the savings represents enough electricity to power 42 homes in northern Nevada for a year, and it represents an annual reduction of 283 tons of carbon emissions.
Heavenly has the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast and one of the largest in the world. Although the resort receives an average of 360 inches of snowfall annually, snowmaking crews can produce enough machine-made snow to cover 65 percent of the skiable terrain.
The resort received a $29,913 rebate from NV Energy's Sure Bet program for investing in energy efficiency.