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

Examples of snowmaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were warm winters, faulty snowmaking equipment, rising interest rates and a lack of interest in winter sports in the South. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: The Dogpatch saga," 16 Aug. 2020 Both resorts will see improvements to their snowmaking equipment. John Meyer, The Know, "Steamboat to become state’s third-largest ski area next season," 10 Mar. 2020 In the 1980s and ’90s, before Arapahoe Basin installed snowmaking, the battle was an annual duel between Keystone and Loveland. John Meyer, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin, Keystone start making snow, with a rival not far behind. Which will open first?," 2 Oct. 2019 And when Mother Nature comes up short, the snowmaking team jumps in. New York Times, "‘It Melts. So We Make It Again.’ How Killington Makes Its Snow," 21 Feb. 2020 The midwinter drought also has meant that some of the smaller ski areas, such as Badger Pass at Yosemite National Park, with no snowmaking, are facing grim conditions. Tom Stienstra,, "Tahoe snow report: Runs open, but fresh snow scant," 19 Feb. 2020 For more on the Friends group or to donate to the snowmaking effort, see or Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lapham Peak is Wisconsin's only state park with man-made snow for Nordic skiing, thanks to a dedicated Friends group," 26 Dec. 2019 Using onboard weather stations, the new snowmaking guns automatically pump more water through the gun as temperatures go down and less water as temperatures go up. John Laconte, The Know, "Vail’s opening day provides blueprint for Vail Resorts’ sustainability efforts," 15 Nov. 2019 Steamboat received a record 63 inches of snow in October, and persistent cold temperatures created good snowmaking conditions. John Meyer, The Know, "Steamboat announces earliest opening in its 57-year history," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snowmaking

1953, in the meaning defined above

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24 Aug 2020

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“Snowmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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