A new use for Snow Making Machines

A new use for Snow Making Machines

A new use for Snow Making Machines

One of the companies that normally supply snowmaking equipment for ski resorts all over Europe has turned its hand to a new concept to help disinfecting gondola cabins they hope this will help ensure any virus unwittingly carried into a gondola cabin is quickly killed off.

Normally this process would involve someone dressed from head to toe in PPE equipment, personnel hand-spaying disinfectant into every corner of the cabin.  This is labour intensive and can require the lift to be stopped for long periods of time to allow the work to be carried out, or for it only to happen before the lift begins operating in the morning.

However Italian snowmaking firm Demaclenko’s idea is that after gondola users exit the cabin at the top station, or after the doors have opened before they board at the base, a specially adapted  snowmaking cannon automatically blasts the interior with disinfectant on every circuit.

“Gondola lifts are among the critical points concerning hygiene in a ski resort. Therefore, Demaclenko has developed a fully automatic and comprehensive solution, which enables complete, fast and efficient disinfection for every model of ropeway cabin and thus ensures maximum flexibility,” a company spokesperson said.

Along with the fact that the machine operates automatically without needing additional personnel now the lift to be stopped Demaclenko say it will work on all gondola types and can use any sprayable disinfecting agent. It produces a very fine spray over an even area thanks to stainless steel nozzles.

They have been running test machines successfully on the Eisgratbahn gondola at the Stubai glacier for a few week now, which has already opened for the 20-21 ski season.