Snowmaking Tips

Courtesy of Dale Ferrara of Snow-Tec Snowmaking

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SNOW MAKING TIPS

TOOLS : You will need a outdoor thermometer & humidity gauage and our wet bulb chart to see if conditions are good for snow making. (sugested weather tool: Acu-Rite weather thermometer ,model # 00609SBDIA2)

Mount snow gun at least 48″ off ground. The taller the pole the more “HANG TIME” the water has to freeze, this equals better snow quality! Make sure mounting pole is strongly secured as snow gun is working at high pressure. Our snow guns will fit any 1″od diameter pole or purchase our Aluminum Tri-Pod!

MAKE sure any snowgun stand is VERY SECURE! Snowgun will knock the stand over if not secure.

In windy conditions blow snow with wind & lower gun height.

Keep air line as SHORT as possible! A 25′ x 3/8″ dia. air line is recommended. Wrapping the air and pressure washer lines together in foam pipe insulation makes a huge difference in preventing freeze ups in your air line. Keeping a spare air line ready is a good idea.

For runs 50′ or longer, use a 5/8″dia. rubber garden hose with Our “No Freeze-Up” connector set as you air line.

Use separate power circuits for your electric pressure washer & air compressor.

Use a #80 mesh inline water filter to prevent damage to your pressure washer and clogging of your snow gun nozzles.

DO NOT set equipment up until your ready to make snow. Any water in the system will freeze and disable your equipment!

ALWAYS Open the compressor drain valve after snowmaking and when not making snow, any moisture in the compressor tank will over time ruin the base of the tank and in some cases will freeze in the base of the tank.

Turn on your water pump FIRST, then the compressure to start making snow.

Once snow making has ended bring EVERYTHING indoors. Freezing may damage your snow gun and WILL DESTROY your pressure washer. Drain water from hoses (including air line) and snow gun. Store everything in a heated area.

MOST IMPORTANT,BE SAFE and HAVE FUN!

 

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  1. Snowmakers should also blow the condensation out of their air compressors daily as well.

  2. How does one make snow in say 90 degree weather

    • You cant make snow the way we do it, in 90 degree temperature,
      but you could rent an industrial ice shaver, and use that. Although in 90 degree temps, the ice woulnt last very long.

      Essentially, It has to be a bit colder to make snow…

    • You cant make snow the way we do it, in 90 degree temperature,
      but you could rent an industrial ice shaver, and use that. Although in 90 degree temps, the ice woulnt last very long.

      Essentially, It has to be a bit colder to make snow…

  3. Don’t forget your butt sled and ice Axe! And as always, stay frosty!

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