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Snow – the one thing that ski or snowboarding resorts can’t survive without – now made available at any temperature, any season, around the year

Existing snow-production solutions require below freezing air temperatures and depend on climatic conditions such as humidity and wind or produce low-grade snow (based on ice crushing), that requires higher energy consumption.

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Existing snow-production solutions require below freezing air temperatures and depend on climatic conditions such as humidity and wind or produce low-grade snow (based on ice crushing), that requires higher energy consumption.

The Snowmaking Process

The VIM All Weather Snowmaker is based on IDE’s proven Vacuum Ice Maker (VIM) technology, which has been operating for more than 30 years worldwide.

Inside the VIM All Weather Snow Maker freezer, water is exposed to a deep vacuum. The vacuum forces a small portion of the water to evaporate, while the remaining water freezes and forms a water-ice mixture called slurry.

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The VIM All Weather Snowmaker is based on IDE’s proven Vacuum Ice Maker (VIM) technology, which has been operating for more than 30 years worldwide.

Inside the VIM All Weather Snow Maker freezer, water is exposed to a deep vacuum. The vacuum forces a small portion of the water to evaporate, while the remaining water freezes and forms a water-ice mixture called slurry.

Specifications VIM400 (Snow) VIM850 (Snow)
Cooling Capacity 1,750 kW 3,500 kW
Snowmaking Mass Capacity 560 ton snow/day 1,120 ton snow/day
Snowmaking Volumetric Capacity1 860 m3/day
30,370 ft3/day
1,720 m3/day
60,741 ft3/day

1 Considering average snow density of 650 kg/m3 (40.6 lb/ft3) at the snow concentrator chute outlet. After being drained from any access water the snow density is typically 550 kg/m3 (34.3 lb/ft3). | 2 The above power consumption refers to the VIM unit only and does not include the supporting cooling system (Chiller, Cooling Tower and Cooling Tower circulation pump).

Snow production at all ambient temperatures

Up to 1,720 m3 (60,741 ft3) of snow per unit

High quality “spring snow”

Environmentally friendly

Energy efficient

Low operational costs