Definition of snowmaking in US English:



  • often as modifier The production of artificial snow, especially for ski slopes.

    ‘snowmaking machines’
    • ‘Summit County, Colo. Arapahoe Basin, the highest skiing area in North America, may soon be open year-round if permits to allow snowmaking are approved.’
    • ‘At Sugarbush, a former American Skiing Company property in Warren, Vermont, electricity bills for snowmaking ran up to $300,000 per month.’
    • ‘The state of Arizona and business operators stand to make a pile of money from increased accommodations, facilities, trails, and snowmaking for skiers and hikers.’
    • ‘Only Loveland bothers with snowmaking on its lower runs, and that's just to jump-start winter - it opened for skiing this season on October 18.’
    • ‘In Colorado, where 83 percent of electricity comes from burning coal, snowmaking is effectively the process of turning coal into snow.’
    • ‘And snowmaking creates or exacerbates drought conditions in mountain streams.’
    • ‘Then there is the electricity for the lifts, water for snowmaking, etc.’
    • ‘Recent developments from Soldier Hollow include the construction of 8,000 feet of additional snowmaking to provide for eight new recently completed ski trails.’
    • ‘Inexpensive and largely frequented by locals, Glen has no artificial snowmaking but gets so much natural snow that nobody seems to mind too much.’
    • ‘But one of the biggest gems for Nordic skiing is the plan for snowmaking capabilities.’
    • ‘They wish to extend their standards for quality grooming, snowmaking, lighting and landscaping from Riverside golf course to the newly-opened biathlon range, an addition of 35 kilometers of ski trail.’
    • ‘The water is filtered, diluted, and recycled for use in the snowmaking system.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in Vermont the snow cover was significantly better, but here the policy of no snowmaking - except on the lower parts of the mountain - is a matter of principle that defines the cult of Mad River.’
    • ‘The 1960s also saw Telemark do pioneer work with man-made snow, creating what was at the time the world's largest snowmaking system.’
    • ‘They will make the ski area bigger and use wastewater for snowmaking.’
    • ‘For cross-country skiers, the most exciting item on the list is a plan to develop snowmaking capabilities for the 5K lighted loop at Elm Creek.’
    • ‘In Italy, meanwhile, artificial snowmaking is keeping most resorts going.’
    • ‘If you want snowmaking, go ski somewhere else.’
    • ‘The big break came when Itasca Ski and Outing Club and Mt Itasca Biathlon submitted a grant proposal for snowmaking, ski jump improvements, and biathlon range construction to the Blandin Foundation.’
    • ‘And it's certainly true that ski- and tourism-related business owners in ski towns often clamor for more development, more marketing, more lifts and snowmaking and terrain.’