Oct. 30, 2023

Powerful Snow Melt System Keeps Westin Guests Safe  

by Alex Gross

The Westin Ski Resort and Spa in Whistler, B.C., needed a new method for removing snow and ice from their outdoor pool and spa area. An effective, reliable, and cost-effective solution was important, as the accumulation of snow and ice in this space poses a threat to the safety of the Westin patrons.

The luxury resort affords coveted ski-in and ski-out convenience to world-class experiences on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It boasts luxurious guestrooms, meeting spaces, restaurants, and a 1,990-sqaure-foot pool deck.

Daily snowfall in Whistler can reach up to three inches. Traditional methods of snow removal, such as shoveling and salting, would be costly, messy, and labor-intensive. The resort needed an innovative solution to function safely throughout the busy day-to-day operations.
Westin worked with Cressey Development Corporation to navigate a solution that best served their needs. Vice President Chris Turcott suggested an Uponor snow and ice melting system.

Uponor commercial snow and ice melting systems circulate warm water through PEX pipe embedded in the concrete. The circulating water warms the pool deck to a temperature that melts snow and ice on contact.

With more than 35 years of reliable service and more than 17 billion feet of pipe installed worldwide, Uponor PEX is the trusted, dependable solution for commercial radiant and snow melt systems, providing confidence that can last a lifetime.

Turcott suggested an Uponor snow and ice melting system due to its simplicity, reliability, and ease of installation. “Using a snow-melting system alleviates potential liability concerns for hotel owners when there is no snow or ice for visitors to slip on. The arrival of fresh snowfall does not necessitate shoveling and salting.”

Westin patrons can move safely across an ice-free pool deck during snow season, and the system also works well in the summer to effectively dry the wet, slippery surfaces, helping to alleviate liability concerns for hotel owners.

Uponor's snow melt system increased efficiency and productivity for Westin Whistler. The effective, reliable, cost-saving solution make it a preferred choice for commercial businesses and installers alike, providing a safe and efficient solution in high-traffic areas and extreme climate conditions where traditional snow-removal methods can be tedious and costly.