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SMI Snowmaking Vaults

SMI Snow Making System Vaults

SMI Snowmakers has developed many types of vaults for use with our snow machines including the Viking Snowtower, SMI PoleCat Fan Guns, and SMI Wizzard Fan Guns. Our vaults are designed and customized to meet specific customer needs. Two standard types of vaults we have available are 1) Concrete, and 2) Metal Culvert.

All vaults provided by SMI are durable, high quality, built to last and designed for snowmaking systems. We will customize the vault design per your specifications. Some configurations created for customers include mounting of control panel, electrical disconnects, compressor, and/or valves inside vault versus on machine, and customized valve control systems inside the vault or on the machine.

SnowTower Concrete Vaults

SMI SnowTower concrete vault features:

  • 4.00 inches (10.2 cm) reinforced concrete walls
  • Dimensions (length x width x height)
  • Outside – 56-3/4 inch x 56-3/4 inch x 48 inch (1.44 m x 1.44 m x 1.22 m)
  • Inside – 48-3/4 inch x 48-3/4 inch x 48 inch (1.24 m x 1.24 m x 1.22 m)
  • Holes for water, air, and communications feed piping and conduit
  • Climbing rings
  • Galvanized steel flanged base tube support
  • Galvanized steel cover with access lid
  • Vault heater
  • Options: inside sidewall mounting of electrical control panel, valve system, and power supply pedestal with circuit breaker

There are many benefits to using SnowTower concrete vaults including:

  • Installation: Water, air, power, and communications feeds controlled through vault layout
  • Hoses and power cords management: Central feed through tower assembly controls location, length, drainage and flex of air and water hose and neatly packages power cords.
  • Drainage: Heated drain hose feeds to inside of vault to below grade drain field
  • Durable: built to withstand harsh conditions
  • Safety: Shallow depth allows maintenance personnel to breathe fresh air when standing; air and water lock-out valves; circuit breaker and panel disconnect for electrical maintenance.

Standard Concrete Vaults

Standard concrete vault features:

  • 5.75 inches (14.5 cm) reinforced concrete walls and top
  • Dimensions (length x width x height)
  • Outside - 9 feet x 5 feet x 5.75 feet (2.75 m x 1.5 m x 1.75 m)
  • Inside - 8 feet x 4 feet x 5.75 feet (2.4 m x 1.2 m x 1.75 m)
  • Holes for water and air feed piping
  • Climbing rings
  • Reinforced concrete snow machine side mount
  • Galvanized steel trap door entrance
  • Options: inside sidewall mounting of electrical panel, valve system, and/or compresor, and light tower mount on opposite side

The benefits of standard concrete vaults are:

  • Flexibility: mount compressor, valves or control panel inside of vault or on snow machine
  • Space: excess room for equipment inside as well as allowing work space for maintenance
  • Durable: built to withstand harsh conditions

Metal Culvert Vaults

SMI’s standard metal culvert vault features:

  • Sized in 4 foot (1.2 meter) or 5 foot (1.5 meter) diameters
  • Hinged lid with safety chain
  • Hole in lid with plastic strip to protect water, air or electrical chords
  • Full length aluminum ladder
  • Options: 1) sidewall mounted electric disconnect and 2) lid with electric disconnect

The benefits of metal culvert are:

  • Low cost: not only is the product cost lower but installation costs are lower
  • Simple: common sense design
  • Durable: built for durability in harsh environments
  • Versatility: customized to your specific needs