|This image—captured from an aerial point of view—shows resort snowcats farming snow. | Photo courtesy of pistenteam_andermatt|
“The one thing we have on our side that’s a game-changer is SNOWsat, which is basically sonar with lidar mapping of our mountain,” Cherry said over the phone. “So they’ll fly a plane over our mountain, map it for us, and then upload it onto their system and create layers. Then they’ll upload that layering onto a tablet-sized screen inside the snowcats which will tell you within a half-an-inch of where your snow’s at. It’s like a fishfinder.”
|A snowcat farms snow. | Photo courtesy of prinoth_pistenbully_pics|
“It’s an ongoing, developing technology. But it’s extremely accurate. It’s awesome,” Cherry said.
“The better we are at farming the longer we’re able to hold onto our season,” Cherry said.
“When you see those guys enjoy the product that you’ve spent every waking moment trying to get right, that makes it all worth it,” Cherry said.