Ramsau am Dachstein has been snowfarming since winter 2013. At the end of every winter, we collect and cover large piles of snow with a layer of woodchips, ready to re-use the next winter. To prevent sun and rain melting the snow, an additional white protective sheet is placed on top. This way, we can keep up to 80% of the snow.
With the preserved snow, we can set out the stadium’s cross-country trails at the beginning or mid-November.
Storage of snow or ice dates back to the 18th century when ice stored in ice cellars was available during the summer months. But these days, we store snow, so we can extend the ski season without using excessive energy. After all, why let good snow melt when you can use it next season?