Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 11, 891–909, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-891-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 891–909, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-891-2017

Research article 07 Apr 2017

Research article | 07 Apr 2017

Determination of snowmaking efficiency on a ski slope from observations and modelling of snowmaking events and seasonal snow accumulation

Pierre Spandre et al.

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The production of machine-made snow is generalized in ski resorts and represents the most common adaptation method to mitigate effects of climate variability and its projected changes. However, the actual snow mass that can be recovered from a given water mass used for snowmaking remains poorly known. All results were consistent with 60 % (±10 %) of the water mass found as snow within the edge of the ski slope, with most of the lost fraction of water being due to site-dependent characteristics.