noun, often attributive
snow·​mak·​ing | \ ˈsnō-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce snowmaking (audio) \

Definition of snowmaking

: the production of snow usually for ski slopes

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Just four miles down the road, Keystone has been upgrading its snowmaking system this summer, throwing down the gauntlet to A-Basin with plans to open in October. John Meyer, The Know, "Hey Arapahoe Basin, you had us at “First White Stuff” — too bad it’s not true," 22 Aug. 2019 Peak had success with its season passes offering unlimited access to its Northeast resorts, and the company also had recently upgraded snowmaking capabilities. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Vail Resorts will acquire owner of 17 ski resorts, including three closest to Baltimore, for $264 million," 22 July 2019 What Mother Nature fails to provide will be made up for with some of the most sophisticated snowmaking systems in the world. John Hopewell, Washington Post, "PyeongChang is more than cold enough for the Winter Olympics. It’s just not that snowy.," 9 Feb. 2018 Thanks to his snowmaking crews and groomers, runs were open and skiing well. Jason Blevins, Outside Online, "What the Worst Winter in 60 Years Did to Ski Resorts," 23 May 2018 Her grandfather, Herman Dupre, invented snowmaking., "2017-18 Girls' Skiing (alpine) All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 Marshall got the gig and was promoted to director of ticket sales a few seasons later, in 1977—before snowmaking existed. Morgan Tilton, Outside Online, "How Connie Marshall Became the Queen of Alta Ski Area," 18 Apr. 2018 On the other hand, the overall mean temperature of 12 degrees (minus-11 Celsius) in January and 20 degrees (minus-6 Celsius) in February makes it likely there will be ideal snowmaking conditions for the games. Washington Post, "Faux snow: Man-made snow to be used in Beijing and beyond," 25 Feb. 2018 In southern Utah, the Eagle Point Resort hopes to deploy limited snowmaking next season after not being able to fully open until Feb. 23 this year, said owner Shane Gadbaw. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Another Bad Ski Season Puts Small Resorts in the West in Jeopardy," 9 Mar. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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