evolved over the years, they’re still very similar to what I
learned on 15 years ago. Because they’re so similar to what
we’ve had in the past, it’s very easy to train someone to run
their new models. It’s a quick learning curve, so to speak.”
With another World Cup now in the books, Killington
can get back to the business of being one of the biggest and
most popular ski areas in the Eastern U.S. That said, the
World Cup will remain very much in the forefront of every-one’s
minds at the resort as Killington is scheduled to host
the Audi FIS Ski World Cup again in 2020.
The World Cup will also be part of PRINOTH’s focus in the
immediate future. However, the company is also concen-trating
on the longer term. A major focus for the company
moving forward is on sustainability and the environment.
It’s moving ahead with plans to introduce Stage 5 engines in
all of the machines it produces in the near future. It will also
continue its work with Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit
organization that brings together community leaders,
athletes and businesspeople to help bring about systemic so-lutions
to climate change.
One project the company is particularly excited about is its
involvement in Big SNOW America’s indoor skiing facility lo-cated
in East Rutherford, N.J. The 16-storey, 180,000-square-foot
ski center opened in 2019, and features an 800-foot slope,
chairlift, terrain park and ski school.
PRINOTH supplied the park’s owners with its HUSKY X
groomer. The machine had to be lifted into the facility using
a crane that hoisted it more than 100 feet in the air. Piek-arz
says the facility, which has been dubbed the “American
Dream,” is the perfect showcase for the HUSKY X, which fea-tures
an eco-friendly engine and the capacity to work in tight
areas such as the ones found in an indoor ski center.
“Some people have claimed the air going out of the ma-chine
is cleaner than the air going in,” he laughed. “I’ve seen
these machines running inside a garage with the doors closed
and you can’t even tell it’s running from the sound.”
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