Snowmaking has been an integral part of most ski area operations since the 1960s. It allows ski areas to open by their scheduled opening date, stay open for the duration of their standard season, and provide a consistent and durable snow surface for our guests. It's also used to create optimum surfaces and features on which elite alpine, snowboard and freestyle athletes train and compete.
Snowmaking also makes ski areas resilient in the face of climate change. Snowmaking is not a climate solution, it is an adaptation. We can make snow at more marginal temperatures, and thanks to advances in technology, we can make more snow with fewer resources. But, as ski areas feel the effects of climate change, we need to be part of broader climate solutions. This includes both on-the-ground action and advocacy.
The resources on this page can help you:
- Better understand snowmaking's role in ski area operations
- Gain knowledge on snowmaking in the context of climate change
- Find companies with efficient snowmaking technologies