Indoor winter sports facilities


The commercial success of indoor winter sports facilities depends on the overall visitor experience. That has everything to do with providing an atmosphere that is properly controlled. If the environment’s humidity level is too high, you might well be having to deal with issues such as:


  • Less-than-ideal snow and ice conditions, with negative impacts on visitor satisfaction ratings
  • Unplanned expenditure on quick remedial measures needed to improve conditions
  • Problems with condensation, and resulting corrosion
  • Poorer safety for both customers and staff
  • Unnecessarily high cleaning, service and maintenance costs

Humidity and the visitor experience

Airborne moisture spoils the quality of the experience

Indoor winter sports facilities are basically selling a “suspension of belief” — it’s not quite the real thing, but the closer it gets the better it gets. That’s why the quality of the snow and ice are crucial.

When moisture-laden from air outside enters the space, there’s a natural tendency for such moisture to condense wherever it meets the many extremely cold surfaces present in winter sports facilities — such as the ceiling and walls as well as just about any metal equipment.

Any resulting condensation dripping onto guests from above doesn’t improve their overall experience, while condensation pooling in unwanted places is likely to give rise to corrosion problems as well as safety issues for the facility operator.

Airborne moisture can also become visible as mist within the facility. In large areas for skiing (for example), this can give rise to significant safety issues.

Eliminating the problem

Cotes dehumidifiers make it much easier to completely prevent such condensation and mist issues by controlling the dew point of the air — the point at which airborne moisture can change phase and condense into water.

By keeping the dew point within the facility to below (approx.) 5°C and ensuring a consistent relative humidity of less than 65%, you can completely prevent condensation and mist from even forming — thus doing away with all the problems they cause.

The old truism applies — prevention is better than cure. By far.


How you benefit

  • Stable, controlled air conditions inside the facility, regardless of season or weather outside
  • Better snow and ice conditions, which visitors appreciate
  • Fewer problems with condensation and resulting corrosion
  • Improved safety for both customers and staff
  • Lower cleaning, service and maintenance costs

How Cotes solutions stand out

  • Attractive, compact industrial design that can be mounted in plain sight, if needed
  • Can use thermal inputs from heating, ventilation and cooling installations to ensure minimal energy costs
  • Advanced control capabilities enable you to match dehumidifier operations with changing circumstances, outside weather conditions and different visitor densities
  • Exceptional reliability that helps provide good return on investment


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