EcoGroomer slope-grooming technology aims to speed process, save money and reduce fuel costs

By: Steve Thursday August 2, 2012 0 comments Tags: Daniel Osborne, EcoGroomer

Ecogroomer logoDENVER - A Florida-based entrepreneur and inventor has plans to create a new system for grooming ski slopes across the U.S. and Europe, starting with Vail Resorts in Colorado.

Daniel Osborne said he is raising $750,000 to build the basic prototype of the EcoGroomer, a grooming machine that's designed to groom 200 percent more surface area coverage in each pass on the slopes.

The EcoGroomer consists of two additional snow-processing units, one added on each side of a standard Sno-Cat groomer.

Osborne said the design will have a significant impact on maintenance costs and fuel consumption.

"Savings at Vail Resorts alone will be over $3 million annually in reduced costs and also will save them over 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year," he said.

"This is a game-changing innovation that is going to make a positive impact for both the resort operators and for those of us who love the sport."

Osborne said he plans to base his company in Colorado and has Denver-based Power Equipment Co. lined up as the product's distributor. He said the company is in talks with a Fort Collins-based engineering firm to build the prototype and perform final engineering on the machines.

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