Hi Greg –
Most anything that you can rent or purchase is going to require some sort of rigging!
I hate to say it but it looks like the best long-term solution is to pop a couple of those ceiling tiles and hang a couple of pipes. With a little bit of effort, it would look very neat and tidy when completed. There should be steel I-beams or bar-joist above the drop ceiling that you can attach a beam clamp or wrap a span-set and drop a length of aircraft cable through a small hole in the ceiling tile. At that point, dead hang a couple lengths of schedule 40 steel pipe or aluminum pipe. You will have a hanging position for a snow sling or machine or anything else in the future.
Other than that - there are some Snow Fans/machines that could be rigged off of a heavy duty Grip stand (such as a Matthews stand) that could be placed in the corner/side stage. Angle the machine up to maximize to throw. Any or all of that can be rented
Best of luck,
Hi, Greg. I agree with Don completely. One thing I'd suggest is that you get your maintenance people to hang the new pipes. Anything permanent added to your facility is best handled by whoever does that kind of work in your school. If you do the installation, you're responsible if something goes wrong, even years down the road. If maintenance does the install, they own it.
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