snow is vital to many winter sports and activities, including skiing and sledding. notable examples include snowboarding, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Usually, the design of the equipment used is based on the bearing strength of snow, as with skis or snowboards and contends with the friction of the snow to enable the skis or snowboard to slide. Snow forms on mountains year after year and allows us to descend the pistes and shred through the powder, but what exactly is snow?
What is Snow?
snow forms in certain clouds that are part of a larger weather system. The creation of snow crystals in clouds is due to a complex set of variables including humidity content and temperatures all being at the right levels. The resulting forms crystals can, therefore, be divided into a number of basic types and combinations. Some dendritic, plate-like, and stellar-shaped snowflakes can sometimes form under clear sky with a very cold inversion of temperature.
Mountain snow production.
Large mountains block powerful winds, forcing masses of air up the side of the mountain, causing relief snowfall. Air travelling up a mountain or range causes adiabatic cooling, and eventually condensation and precipitation. The resulting increased snowfall and decrease of temperature as you reach higher altitudes mean that snow depth and seasonal snowpack stability increase with elevation in snow-prone areas.
This reliable snow is what brings skiers and snowboarders back to the slopes again and again, and with your own ski property, you can too. At skiingproperty.com we pride ourselves on our first hand knowledge of the snow and slopes you can find in the alps. If you have questions on the snow in the area, or on buying a skiing property then get in touch.