EcoGroomer, a resort service company out of Colorado, has designed and produced an innovative snow grooming machine that speaks to green technology. The EcoGroomer will provide a more sustainable, fuel efficient, quality, and consistent snow grooming to the slopes, saving resorts on costs, and providing an unmatched level of quality. The company proudly produces their machines in the USA and hopes to provide more American jobs as production increases. The Rocky Mountain region will be among the first resorts to receive the machines.
Details from EcoGroomer:
Denver, CO—November 30, 2011—Just in time for the start of the 2011 ski season, EcoGroomer, Inc. a Colorado based resort services company announced that it is proceeding at full speed with production of the first 60 units of their innovative design for vastly more efficient snow grooming equipment. The decision comes after a summer of extensive CAD modeling and refinement which confirmed that not only is the design feasible and much more fuel efficient, it will also be able to groom the slopes much deeper and faster than ever before providing for a better, more consistent snow surface than traditional snow grooming equipment.
A US based construction and agricultural (ConAg) equipment manufacturer, defense industry sub-contractor as well as a Canadian firm will be supplying the major components of the new machines. Fabrication will be highly efficient and cost effective thanks to a modular design that will allow for rapid assembly at a modern facility in the Upper Midwest. An estimated 20-30 jobs will be created as a direct result of the initial batch of units in the first year of production and the company expects to double that number of new jobs in 2013.
The first resorts to receive the new machines will be located in the Rocky Mountain region. The next area to benefit from the new technology will be California's Sierra Nevada range and the Pacific Northwest resorts. The roll out will expand quickly to include the Midwest and Eastern US regions, then to Canada and ultimately to the vast European ski resort markets by 2015.
Initially capitalized by the founder, Daniel Osborne and a small group of friends and an angel investor, EcoGroomer has retained a soon-to-be-announced investment banking power house in the Tampa Bay Florida metro area, to tap the capital markets and secure the significant financing required to execute their long-term market strategy.
The EcoGroomer is a bold and much needed solution to a clear and present need in the ski industry to reduce the high costs associated with nightly snow grooming. Rapidly rising fuel prices and the negative effects of lift tickets approaching and now even surpassing $100 per day at many resorts make a solution to this problem urgent. This technology provides a tremendous productivity improvement in the specialized field of snow grooming by adding two additional snow processing units (SPU’s) to a standard snow cat (early CAD illustration attached) resulting in a 200% increase of surface area coverage by each operator. Overall fuel efficiency will be improved by more than 35% and total grooming expense will be reduced by millions of dollars per year at major resorts with this new technology. This bold new innovation has the potential to save over 20 million gallons of diesel by 2020 and will significantly reduce operating costs for resort operators.