Snow-making Ponds

Snow-making ponds for ski resorts are essential to the success of a ski resort. The water that is used for snow-making ponds is typically collected from rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. The water is then filtered and treated before it is used in the snow-making process. The process of making snow requires very cold temperatures and low humidity. This can be difficult to achieve during the summer months when temperatures are high and humidity levels are low. In order to produce the best quality snow possible, ski resorts will use snow-making ponds as part of their process. They provide the water that is used to make snow, which is then used by ski resorts to make their slopes less slippery, so that skiers can enjoy the slopes without having to worry about falling. Snow-making ponds are usually made by damming up a section of water in a natural body of water such as a lake or river. This allows for controlled flooding when needed and allows for control over the amount of water being released into the system.

Pond Care and Maintenance

The lakes and rivers that make up a ski resort’s snow-making ponds are one of the most important aspects of running a successful operation. These rivers and lakes need to be maintained in order to keep the water at the right temperature, which is crucial for snow making. The first step in maintenance is to ensure that there are no leaks in the pipes or pumps. If there are any leaks, it is important to fix them before continuing with the maintenance plan. Once you have ensured there are no leaks, you will need to check the quality of the water. You can do this by testing with a water quality tester or sending it off for testing at your local lab. Once you have determined that there is no contamination or leakage in your system, you can begin cleaning out the system and adding new chemicals as needed. The chemicals used for cleaning and maintaining snow-making ponds include: borax (sodium tetraborate), sodium carbonate (washing soda), sodium hydroxide (lye), sodium percarbonate, sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach), and sodium sulfate (sulfuric acid).

These ponds are used to make snow, which is then stored in a reservoir and used during the winter season to create a snow-covered landscape that allows for skiing. It is important to ensure that the pond is not contaminated with harmful bacteria or other microbes. This can be done by regularly testing the water quality of each pond, as well as performing routine cleaning, with special attention paid to areas where algae growth has occurred. In addition to preventing contamination from occurring, this will also help prevent odor from developing as well as avoid potential health issues such as skin irritation or eye irritation. A second step involves keeping algae growth under control so that it does not become too high or too thick on the surface of the water. Algae growth occurs, because there is an excess of nutrients available in this area; therefore, it needs to be regulated so that it does not become too much of a problem. If you notice any algae growing on the surface, then you should treat it immediately, because if left untreated, it will continue growing and eventually contaminate. Keeping them clean and free of debris prevents pumps from being clogged and keeps any malfunctions in the system out. It is essential for the ponds to be monitored for any signs of problems or failure, so that repairs can be made quickly before any damage occurs. 

Creating a Snow Made Pond from a Reservoir to the Ski Resort

Ski resorts use large reservoirs to store water for snowmaking ponds. These reservoirs are built in the same way as dams, but they are specifically designed to hold water and release it at a controlled rate. The purpose of these reservoirs is to allow ski resorts to make snow even in the summer. They can fill up during a storm, then store the water until they need it again. This allows them to keep ski slopes open all year round, even when there is no natural snow present.


  1. Decide on the location for your snow made pond.
  2. Dig a hole in the reservoir and pour water into it.
  3. Place a pump in the bottom of the hole
  4. Run a hose from your reservoir to the hole and hook up the pump to it
  5. Pour more water, forming a mound around the hole.
  6. Add more water, smoothing out the mound so it looks like a pond.
  7. Make sure there are no leaks in any of the pipes and that they are all tightly sealed
  8. Repeat until you have enough snow to ski on.

There are many different ways to create snow for skiing and other winter sports. One way is to use a reservoir, which is also known as artificial snowmaking. This is done by pumping water into the reservoir, where it collects and cools down to form ice crystals. When you want to use the ice crystals, you simply release them out onto the ski slope. The resort uses a reservoir as part of its water supply system, allowing additional water storage during times of low usage, so that it can be used later in the year when more water for snowmaking is needed.

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