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Snow Melting Mats at Lake Tahoe Resort Lower Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability Exposure

Snow Melting Mats at Lake Tahoe Resort Lower Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability Exposure

Snow Melting Mats at Lake Tahoe Resort Lower Slip-and-Fall Rates, Liability ExposureDoraville, GA, September 19, 2018—At an elevation of some 6,200 feet, last winter Lake Tahoe registered more than 600 inches of snowfall.  With ski resorts dotting the Lake Tahoe landscape, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents at these facilities is a serious concern. At the Tahoe Donner Ski Resort in Truckee, CA, Director of Operations Miguel Sloane is meeting the challenge with the help of HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats.

“The walkway leading from our locker-room facilities to our outdoor heated pool and hot tub was hard to keep clear of snow and ice.  Typically we used salt, but foot traffic brought salt residue into the pool area.  We installed an underground cable heating system but it failed and we were faced with having to replace it,” Sloane said.

Rather than dig up the cables, he decided to purchase a HeatTrak snow melting mat system.  “It was a smart investment—efficient and economical.  Now, the walkway remains a clear path.  The hazard is reduced and so are our insurance premiums.  It’s a win-win situation,” Sloane said.

HeatTrak’s snow-melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams.  He explained that the HeatTrak mats prevent any new snow from accumulating by melting snow on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.

“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They have made a significant difference at Tahoe Donner without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the team there had is a common one at ski resorts.  Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said.

HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products.  Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact.  HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip and fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.

“At Tahoe Donner, safety is our number-one priority.  With the HeatTrak mats we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Sloane said.

HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace.  More than 50,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities.  Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at

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