It’s annoying that snow melts and then you have to wait for it to fall again – so why not try to keep it from melting in the first place? Even if you have to keep it all summer.
That’s being done at some European and Canadian ski areas, struggling with more variable snowfall as the climate changes. Now there’s a test site in Vermont to see how effective this process might be at lower altitudes and latitudes. Vermont Public Radio has a report: “Results from Europe suggest that snow storage through the summer could retain between 70 and 80 percent of the original snow.”