The Lyndon Outing Club unveiled plans for a $1.1 million snowmaking system at the Village Trustees’ meeting on Monday. Under the proposal, 17 snow guns would provide top to bottom coverage of the primary “Face” ski trail. It would be paid for through a combination of private donations and state and federal dollars, and the cost could drop as low as $870,000 through the use of second-hand parts and volunteer labor, according to officials. Snowmaking would reduce the outing club’s dependence on sporadic natural snow, and allow the community ski hill to maintain operations in spite of rising temperatures. It would also enable the outing club to expand its season to a full 14-week season from mid-December through mid-March. Mark Kwiecienski, a member of the snowmaking committee, pitched it as a way to revitalize the 85-year-old, town-owned facility. David Williams, who also sits on the snowmaking committee, touted the project’s social, economic and cultural significance. It will be the outing club’s third attempt to install snowmaking, after failed efforts in the 1990s and 2010s. The project must clear several permitting and financial hurdles before it can proceed.
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