the best science on the web about
artificial snow

Let It Snow
Image: iStockphoto.com/Gorfer

Let It Snow

From ski resorts suffering through a dry winter to holiday movie scenes filmed inside a studio, people have long sought to create faux snow.

Take a look at the science of turning water vapor into ice crystals. Investigate the technology of snow guns and the chemistry of artificial snow. And discover some surprising ways to make natural-looking snowdrifts.

Society of Chemical Industry
Loading...
Grow Your Own Snowflakes

Grow Your Own Snowflakes

Make your own artificial snow with a few household ingredients...plus some super-cold dry ice. Don't expect to ski or snowboard on it, though! More...

Activity
Caltech
Designer Snowflakes

Designer Snowflakes

Rather than falling from the sky, these synthetic snowflakes are engineered in a lab. See how this team of physicists perfected their first attempts and created "precision snow." More...

Article
Caltech
Growing Snow to Help Predict Avalanches

Growing Snow to Help Predict Avalanches

Meet Ed Adams, an engineering professor at Montana State University. He's growing snow in a laboratory to learn more about avalanches and the unstable snow spots on mountains that can cause them. More...

Profile
Popular Science
Growing Snowflakes in a Bottle

Growing Snowflakes in a Bottle

Watch as Caltech physicist Ken Libbrecht — and author of The Secret Life of the Snowflake — uses dry ice to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. More...

Video
NPR/Science Friday
Indoor Ski Resort

Indoor Ski Resort

Skiing in the Arabian desert? See how remarkable engineering and chemistry come together at the world's largest indoor snow park. More...

Video
Science Channel
Loading...
Building a Better Snowflake: An Interview with Kenneth Libbrecht

Building a Better Snowflake: An Interview with Kenneth Libbrecht

He may live in sunny California, but this Caltech professor studies ice and snow. Take a look at his work classifying snowflake types in order to understand the physics of ice crystals. More...

Profile
Cabinet Magazine
Making Fake Snow

Making Fake Snow

Watch Anthony and Tara turn a super absorbent polymer into a fine wet powder, transforming a California hillside into a sled run. More...

Video
Hard Science
Who Made that Artificial Snow?

Who Made that Artificial Snow?

In the winter of 1949-50, a Connecticut ski resort owner trucked in 700 tons of ice and had it chopped up and spread over a single slope. Take a look at how the technology has changed in the years since. More...

Article
New York Times
Fake Snow Made from Sewage Comes Out Yellow

Fake Snow Made from Sewage Comes Out Yellow

Take a look at one effort to make faux snow that went...well, not quite as planned. It gives all new meaning to "beware of yellow snow!" More...

Article
Popular Science
Scientists ‘Cause’ Beijing Snow

Scientists ‘Cause’ Beijing Snow

Cloud seeding — spraying silver iodide into the clouds — is a common practice in China to ease drought conditions and help crops. See why some scientists question its effectiveness. More...

Article
BBC
The Nasty Environmental Impact of Making Snow

The Nasty Environmental Impact of Making Snow

With warmer winters, ski resorts need to make lots of snow. But at what cost? And is using treated wastewater a sound solution? Take a look at the debate. More...

Article
Outside Magazine

Latest Comments

You Also Might Like

  1. TVs

    TVs

  2. smart materials

    smart materials

  3. robotics

    robotics

  4. buckyballs & nanotubes

    buckyballs & nanotubes

  5. thermal insulation

    thermal insulation