Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 15, 3949–3973, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 3949–3973, 2021
Research article
20 Aug 2021
Research article | 20 Aug 2021

Evaluating a prediction system for snow management

Pirmin Philipp Ebner et al.

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A service to enable real-time optimization of grooming and snow-making at ski resorts was developed and evaluated using both GNSS-measured snow depth and spaceborne snow maps derived from Copernicus Sentinel-2. The correlation to the ground observation data was high. Potential sources for the overestimation of the snow depth by the simulations are mainly the impact of snow redistribution by skiers, compensation of uneven terrain, or spontaneous local adaptions of the snow management.