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Vt. ski resorts partner in energy saving snow gun exchange

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A partnership between Efficiency Vermont and the state's ski resorts will allow for a $15 million upgrade in snowmaking equipment this ski season.

The so-called Great Snow Gun Roundup will allow resorts to scrap older, less efficient machines with upwards of 2,300 new low-energy models. Officials estimate the swap will result in annual energy savings enough to power 1,500 homes, and enough diesel to heat 340 Vermont homes.

"Vermont has always been a leader in snowmaking. We actually have the capacity to cover 80 percent of our trails with snowmaking and we have really quality snowmaking. So for the resorts to make an upgrade not only to better guns but efficient guns, it makes perfect sense," said Sarah Wojcik of Ski Vermont.

In addition to energy savings, the new snow guns blow snow at higher temperatures, extending the Vermont ski season. Proceeds from the scrapped metal of old snow guns will go to Ski Vermont's Learn to Turn program, which encourages people to learn skiing or riding.

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