It's not incomparable to the situation at Kirkwood Mountain in California, that took purchase by Vail Resorts and a $32m investment to put on the grid. We'd not be talking that high for Glenshee, but it would be way beyond the ski area's financial capacity, yet rural grid capacity and often single phase dead ends are becoming a frequent restraint on economic activity in parts of the Highlands and other rural areas of Scotland. Half expecting the lights to go out at Glencoe and down Glen Etive when the new Kingshouse opens!
Yes but when I remarked that I had concerns about the long term viability of Glenshee using generators I was ridiculed. Of course using a diesel generator is about the most expensive and polluting way possible to generate electricity, coupled with the fact they have to ferry fuel around the mountain at great cost with all sorts of environmental risks from spillage. Finally long term trend of fuel prices is not good. At the very least they need a new far more efficient generator that can handle the entire demand of the centre, and cable everything up.
You were lambasted for suggesting IDE ice makers had a role to play, multiple x the cost of the TechnoAlpin snowfactory for a fraction of the production. Still it has to be said in terms of ski area usage this is bleeding edge tech and it still poor bang for buck in terms of the snow making capacity for your £££s if you have the water and power available to go all guns blazing when conditions allow.
Maybe, but I was right that all weather snowmaking was a better solution for Scotland than other types of snow making. That is I correctly recognized the problems fan guns and lances in Scotland. Sure the TechnoAlpin is better than the IDE but that does not mean my insight was not correct.
I also recall that Glencoe decided fan guns where a none starter because the snow just got blown away when the trialled it.
It's not a crime to admit you where wrong
Meanwhile I will just smile knowing history has proved me correct.