50 shades of snow
Even for the inexperienced eye, the difference between powder, cardboard and wet snow is obvious, even firn snow has already found a few selected ones. But what do these terms mean and how do the different types of snow occur?
Like clouds on earth, fluffy and light as a feather, the powder snow makes the day of skiing even more perfect. No wonder that after a cold and snowy night everyone hurries to get to the mountain first, to leave their tracks in the powder. It is not without reason that fresh powder, also known as champagne powder, is called "the best snow in the world".
If the air gets warmer, the snow no longer falls in dry crystals - but wet snow. It sticks together and is perfect for building snowmen or snow queens, for building igloos or other snow formations.
Firn snow only occurs in spring and describes the soft layer that was warmed by the first warm spring sun rays. This snow makes spring skiing so popular and is surely the second most popular snow situation after “Champagne Powder”.
Even if the last winters were snowy, we can have a perfect skiing experience thanks to the artificial snow despite little rainfall and thus guarantee safety for perfect slope conditions. Artificial snow has a higher waterproofness compared to natural snow, which means that it is much more robust against high temperatures, which in turn leads to longer ski seasons. However, there is nothing artificial about artificial snow. The name suggests it, but the snow cannons only blow 100% pure water, without any artificial additions!
After all, we want to have a functioning alpine pasture all year round.
The real artists are our heroes of the night, snow masters and drivers of the snow groomers. The art therefore is to make sure to have perfect slopes, despite all of these different snow compositions and weather conditions, to guarantee safety, fun and joy.
In Ski amadé 90% of the 760 kilometers of slopes are coverable with artificial snow ;)