JAN 04, 2017 04:47 AM PST

The Science Behind Bringing in a Blizzard


Before snow making, ski resorts were at the mercy of Mother Nature. A bad year with no snow meant no business, for ski areas and for hotels, restaurants and shops as well. Since even the smallest local resorts all have some form of snow making now, business can continue during most months as long as it stays cold. It's more than just point a fire hose at the hill though, the science is very precise.

One kind of snow gun uses water and compressed air. The air has to be at high pressure to split the water stream into tiny droplets and force it up hill, and higher into the air, so it can freeze and fall like real snow. The physics have to be just right to compensate for the topography of the land and the wind currents. Other systems use an electric fan rather than high pressure air to blow water droplets into flakes. The weather is still a factor however. Dry air makes the best snow, regardless of what system because evaporation cooling is great for flake makers. The snow then has to be groomed with large equipment because no matter what force or temperatures are at play, no amount of physics can move large amounts of man made snow around to perfect moguls and trails.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
SEP 20, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
SEP 20, 2018
"Silver Bullet" for Stinky Socks
Silver is known for its anti-microbial property for ages. As early as fourth century BC, the great Greek physician Hippocrates described the use of silver...
SEP 21, 2018
Videos
SEP 21, 2018
How Artificial Sweeteners Impact the Body
Sugar alternatives may be low in calories, but they are probably not without consequence....
SEP 23, 2018
Plants & Animals
SEP 23, 2018
The Benefits of Vertical Farming
In some parts of the world where agriculture becomes a problematic endeavor, vertical farming offers a potential solution. Newark, New Jersey is a great ex...
OCT 03, 2018
Videos
OCT 03, 2018
The Use of Cannabis to Treat Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can lead to depression, addiction to opioids, anxiety, other side effects, and more. The first video from Howcast talks about clinical tr...
OCT 08, 2018
Technology
OCT 08, 2018
The SolarFlower is a Promising New Take on Solar Energy
Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source with promising applications in the near future as solar panel technology matures. SmartFlower is an int...
OCT 18, 2018
Videos
OCT 18, 2018
Tips on Bringing Stem Cells out of Deep Freeze
Once a subject of intense debate, stem cells have made their way into the research laboratory....
Loading Comments...