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The next thing we did was to work with the Chipmunk Terrain Park on Whistler. This is very popular; its even busier than the park on Blackcomb just because it has more beginner and intermediate features.
In the past people would go down through the top of Ego Bowl to get there. What were doing now is at the top of Ego Bowl were going to separate them. On the east side of the habitat line weve created a way into the park, an access through the trees that goes to Jolly Green Giant and into the terrain park.
Well put some more features in the top to attract people using the park to that line, and blocking off the other way into the park to separate the two types of riders.
So weve done basically three things given the mountains a haircut, done some cosmetic work and added more snowmaking.
Pique: You said that youve doubled the reservoir on Whistler?
DF: Now weve got the capacity to make snow for far longer in cold situations as long as it gets cold enough we can make twice as much snow.
Another big thing weve done is to put snowmaking on Ego Bowl and Upper Whiskey Jack which opens up more beginner terrain in the alpine for poor snow conditions. Weve done the same for a lot of upper runs, and all beginner runs.
On Blackcomb weve also added snowmaking to what we call 4 and 5 Road, which curves down by the Wizard-Solar connector. Its good skiing and snowboarding, but between Honeycomb and the road we did not have any snowmaking. Last year it was a major challenge for us with the snow, so now we have snowmaking there.
Weve also added more guns. At Creekside weve changed out our air-water guns down from Timing Flats, so it will be a little quieter in that neighbourhood. Then we can take the air-water guns further up the mountain, where its a little colder and they will work better anyway.
Weve also upgraded some of our older guns with new technology, like radio frequency controls so we can turn them on and off without being there. Its almost automated, but were not fully there yet, but well be able to activate them a lot more quickly. Between our regular hours of operation and other work on the mountain, we dont have a lot of snowmaking hours even in cold weather years, and to have to send someone out to physically turn the guns on takes a lot of time. This way we can maximize our valuable snowmaking time.