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 In addition to buying snowcats and avalanche mitigation equipment, half of Utah’s 15 resorts added to or upgraded their snowmaking. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 Then, in 2002, Arapahoe Basin installed snowmaking equipment, and the race became a duel between A-Basin and Loveland. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 In 2005, the Forest Service approved a plan to allow treated wastewater obtained by Flagstaff to be used for artificial snowmaking when natural winter snowfall fell short., 20 Aug. 2021 As an advocate, Mr. Tilousi sought to keep companies from mining near the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park and joined other tribes in speaking out against snowmaking at the Arizona Snowbowl outside Flagstaff., 25 June 2021 Executives needed as much insight as possible before making a massive investment in new snowmaking equipment. Helen Thompson, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Not all of the ski terrain was open either – but Mother Nature, not the pandemic, was to blame for that, with overnight temperatures too warm for snowmaking and only a few inches of natural snow on the ground. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2021 Three months after Robert Redford sold the property the actor opened in 1969, the new group announced plans to install two new chairlifts, additional snowmaking and parking and renovations to its Creekside building. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Cold weather means great snowmaking conditions through the weekend and, in the high country, there will be some natural snow on Friday. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of snowmaking

1953, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2021

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“Snowmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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