Technical Tour: Extending Glacier Life on Blackcomb Mountain

Start off your 2016 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show experience by joining other delegates mountain-side to learn how artificial snowmaking can provide an alternative water supply.

This tour has limited capacity so register early! This tour is also open to water and wastewater professionals that are not attending the annual conference.

 

Tour Details

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time:  12:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:  Meet in front of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler at the bus pick-up zone
Price:  $69 member | $89 non-member
CEUs: 0.15
Safety gear:

This tour requires walking between sites (approximately 40 minutes of walking in total). Please come prepared in weather-appropriate clothing (rain or shine).
Work boots are recommended, no open toe or high heel shoes.

 

Tour Overview

Municipalities and other water purveyors reliant on spring snow freshet in mountainous regions may want to consider artificial snowmaking as an alternative to building large surface water dams. This presentation and tour will provide introductory technical information to assist organizations in determining if this approach is suitable for their community.

Join the BCWWA at this informative presentation and tour including:

  • An overview of Whistler Blackcomb’s climate change response strategy.
  • Details of Whistler Blackcomb’s glacier maintenance initiative.
  • The components, technology and challenges of Whistler Blackcomb’s snowmaking system, including a snow-gun explanation and demonstration.
  • A first-hand look at the Fitzsimmons Creek pump and hydro stations.
  • Outcomes of the Whistler Blackcomb 2015/2016 snowmaking pilot program and future plans to ensure long-term resilience against climate change.

 

Registration Information

Registration deadline: April 26, 2016
Online registration: Complete your registration online using a Visa or Mastercard.
Email, fax or mail registration: Complete our registration form and send it back to the BCWWA office
Notes: Advance registration is required to attend this tour. 



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