snow·​mak·​ing ˈsnō-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce snowmaking (audio)
often attributive
: the production of snow usually for ski slopes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The crux of Aspen Snowmass’s climate response has been to increase snowmaking, expand summer revenue, and work toward collective political action, getting involved with congressional races to support politicians who are willing to take action on climate. Eric Margolis, The New Republic, 14 Feb. 2022 Look for new dining options this season, as well as additional snowmaking capacity to get more terrain open faster. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2022 The snowmaking is also robust here. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 25 Feb. 2022 And snowmaking is energy-intensive. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 1 Feb. 2022 This year, racers have seen competitions canceled, a lack of pre-season snow for training and the threat of restricted snowmaking due to rising temperatures. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2023 Thanks to the region’s generally mild winters, the area’s snowmaking capacity is top-notch, which often means excellent conditions daily, no matter the forecast. Michael Venutolo-mantovani, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Jan. 2023 But given snowmaking’s need for optimal conditions—and sizable costs—relying on snow guns isn’t necessarily the way forward. WIRED, 18 Jan. 2023 Added the Caterpillar lift, a 400-foot-long surface lift near the bottom of Great Western and added snowmaking and a new run to the beginner area. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowmaking was in 1953

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Cite this Entry

“Snowmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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