In May 2011 HKD Snowmakers and Turbocristal Snowmakers merged to form HKD Turbo.
Since 1985 Turbocristal has been producing a high quality, high producing snowgun and now with years of research and development they are offering the all new Supercrystal. It is a redesigned version of their successful Supercool line of guns with improved air flow and water flow along with better nucleation.
For more details and spec sheets on all Turbocristal products, go to www.turbocristal.com
2011 HKD Turbo
2010 semi auto Supercrystal
NEW Supercrystal Economy - This is the same gun as the
Supercrystal but without all the bells and whistles. Not only is it
extremely efficient, it is easy on the budget. It is also easy on the
electric bill, now available as a 30 amp gun.
Great Bear, Sioux Falls, SD - We delivered four manual 30 amp Supercrystals. This is solving a problem with multi nozzle fan guns and a lack of power on the hill. this is a giant improvement over the multi nozzled fanguns that continued to clog and ice up. We are converting one of these multi nozzle guns to a central nozzle.
Additional projects in the works
TURBOCRISTAL projects 2009
Chapman Hill, Durango, CO - Canyon Construction of
Durango, CO installed a turnkey snowmaking
system with the Turbocristal engineering, design and equipment. This
system revived the Chapman Hill Ski Area in downtown Durango. We
supplied two automatic Supercrystals, a pump station and
all pipe, hydrants and electrical pedestals. Here is a video
of the snowmaking demo at Chapman Hill in January 09.
Southfork Tubing Hill, Garden Valley, ID - We supplied one automatic Supercrystal and the new portable booster pump. This is a brand new tubing hill with 110' of vertical and has a thrilling ride.
Montana State University - This project is completed and operational. It includes a low pressure pump from a pond feeding a 500 GPM booster pump. Four semi automatic fanguns provide the snow.
City of Madison tubing hill - We supplied them two used fan guns and a portable pump.
Cloudmont, AL - This little hill in Alabama is increasing their snowmaking production by adding two more 30' LP's (total 4) and one semi auto Supercool Light winter 2009-10.
CHS Snowmakers and Turbocristal News
This is an automatic Supercrystal 15' tower. The
central nozzle design of this gun reduces moving parts on top of the tower
drastically compared to other manufactures. The central nozzle is easy
to remove and replace minimizing downtown and increases safety.
New for 2011 is the super simple control panel for the automatic Supercrystal. Less switches, but just enough to run in manual or bypass. Single push functions, fault codes are spelled out, very easy for even a first year snowmaker to operate. No cheat sheet needed on this automatic gun.
Pictured above is the 2011 Supercrystal. With it's wide range of water pressure (150 to 900psi) and a staggering water flow of 15 gpm to 250 gpm with a starting wet bulb temperature of 30º it is the ultimate snowmaking machine. The biggest benefit to this machine is the fact it doesn't have a water filter for the central nozzle, filters are optional if your water has large chunks of stuff.. Clogged filters decrease snowmaking production and create many more hours of maintenance and the Supercrystal is the answer to your ongoing problems. Available with different levels of automation it will allow you to make a perfect resurfacing snow to just what you need to lay down a firm base snow.
This is a close up view of the new central nozzle module with the stainless steel turbine. The cone was designed in a wind tunnel to reduce air turbulence in the barrel, improved nozzle performance, improved neucleators and generally just the best design on the market. For a spec sheet go to the SuperCrystal web page.
This is the only ski area in Alabama and the
This is the aftermath of the Sauron 20' low energy gun at Nordic Mountain in Wisconsin. These piles are nearly 15' tall and were made during a recent cold spell. Staff dug them out and made tunnels for the kids to ski through
With the new partnership between Turbocristal and CHS Snowmakers we can offer you engineering, sales, service and turn key snowmaking systems. Let us do the work for you and see how you can save money, make more snow, save energy and get a better long term investment.
The central nozzle is very easy to install on most other fanguns. Normally the conversion will take 4 to 8 hours. This is a cost effective way to get more years of life out of your snowgun. Multi nozzle guns and older fan guns with outdated nozzle and nucleator technology, can be updated for the fraction of the cost of a new gun. This is a very environentally friendly because very little energy is used to produce the central nozzle and convert the gun. The fan gun needs to have good clean air flow from the fan, a working 5 HP air compressor and a working electrical cabinet. The central nozzle can flow well over 200 GPM with high water pressure and below zero F temps. This will take your old 75 to 110 GPM fan gun and make it a monster of a producer. No other conversion offers such simplicity and a big increase in production.
SMI Wizzard conversion
Hedco Snowcub conversion
This is a Hedco Snowcub conversion at Buttermilk in Aspen, CO. It took them about a day to convert a gun that was high maintenance to a very low maintenance efficient gun. Yearly maintenance now includes only serving the compressor. The new central nozzle design has taken away nozzle, filter, heater and neucleator maintenance.
has 3 more of these guns they want to convert. Basically you can have a
near new gun for $6000. The best part of this gun is how efficient it is, we
tested it at 40 amps, 90+ mph discharge wind speed and greater throw than the
other newer fan guns they have. At colder temperatures this gun will out produce
everything else on the market except the Supercrystal.
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