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Successful cooperation with Gargellen to be continued


In the task of bringing the available lance system to state-of-the-art technology regarding capacity and efficiency, the customer was very positively suprised. Thereby the full potential of the DEMACLENKO EOS lance was expressed, which has also been available since last season in a double head version. Due to the successful and professional implementation of the project, the customer also decided to entrust DEMACLENKO with the realization of the next expansion phase.

As a result of its geographical conditions (western orientation, sea levels starting at 1,400m / 4,600 ft etc), Gargellen in the Montafon is already naturally blessed with abundant snow, but even here it is recognized that for the security of the start of the season efficient snowmaking is needed. The ski resort might have been made for lance technology on account of the breadth of the pistes and the wind conditions. A reservoir at 2,200m (7,200 ft) supplies the snow water by natural pressure and this at an extraction temperature of 0.5 degrees Celsius (32° Fahrenheit), thus without any need to cool the water further. This ensures a particularly efficient snowmaking, which allows the snow team at the Gargellen mountain railways to fully develop snow production especially at the marginal temperature range.

“We can begin snowmaking from 1 November and when the basic snowmaking is finished, we will already be starting to dismantle the snow guns on the pistes from the middle of December,” says Thomas Lerch, Director of Gargellner Bergbahnen. Because they also want to offer skiers the highest optical quality. For this it is necessary, in ideal conditions, to develop a powerful system. These requirements were one of the reasons why the current expansion was decided in favor of DEMACLENKO. “The new lance is considerably lighter at 80 kg (176 lbs) than comparable lances. Therefore it can be easily uninstalled and quite simply removed by two people, because there is no need for tools,” snowmaking manager Julian Tschofen pointed out enthusiastically, since thereby garage storage is greatly simplified.

The snowmaking capabilities of the new lance did not merely convince, it amazed. It is extraordinary, “how far technology has developed in the meanwhile and at the same time been streamlined. The EOS 4 requires only one third of the air of previous lances to attain the same quantity of snow.” This advantage reveals itself above all in the question of the central compressed air supply; with a lance system especially the basic technology, for greater air pressure means greater costs, which are reduced, thanks to the new system.

2019 DEMACLENKO supplied altogether 83 EOS lances, of which five were in the double head version. In addition, six TITAN 3.0s, weather stations and visualisation of the system via SNOWVISUAL 4.0. Due to the smooth and professional implementation as well as the top quality of the products, the Gargellen ski resort has also decided to place the next phase of modernization of the snowmaking system in the hands of the experts from DEMACLENKO. In addition to the supply of further new snow guns and the expansion of the snowmaking network with line material and pits on more slopes, a new pump station will also be built. The work is already running at full speed.