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Fan guns are one of the two basic types of snowmaking apparatus. They require electricity to power a fan and a hose with a spray/mist attachment. The hose sprays a mist and fans propels the mist into the air to achieve the hang time. Fan guns have anywhere from 12 to 360 water nozzles on a ring that the fan blows through on the front of the gun.
Fan guns are one of the two basic types of snowmaking apparatus. They require electricity to power a fan and a hose with a spray/mist attachment. The hose sprays a mist and fans propels the mist into the air to achieve the hang time. Fan guns have anywhere from 12 to 360 water nozzles on a ring that the fan blows through on the front of the gun.

Fan guns are one of the two basic types of snowmaking apparatus. They require electricity to power a fan and a hose with a spray/mist attachment.

The hose sprays a mist and fans propels the mist into the air to achieve the hang time. Fan guns have anywhere from 12 to 360 water nozzles on a ring that the fan blows through on the front of the gun.

These banks can be shut on or off by valves. The valves are either manual, manual electric, or automatic electric (controlled by a computer).

An air/water/fan system (fan system) uses air from a fan instead of compressed air to suspend the water droplets in air to allow enough time for them to supercool and freeze. A mechanical nucleator, sometimes made up of a small, on-board air compressor attached to a miniature internal mix snow gun, produces the nucleators that mixes with water outside the snow gun.

  • Advantages: Uses minimal compressed air, thus is the most energy efficient per unit volume of water (except for watersticks, which are not widely used); quiet; can adjust snow consistency
  • Disadvantages: Difficult to adjust position (requires machinery) because equipment is often bulky and large (increased labor requirement)

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  1. See Wikipedia Snowmaking [1]

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