Quantum Snow is in the early-development process of a snow-making system that produces “high-quality powder snow”.
The company is aiming to break-free from the “frozen dribble” created by snow systems today.
Quantum Snow was created by two atmospheric scientists, Dr. Peter Veals and Dr. Trey Alvey, who developed the idea during their PHD work at The University of Utah.
The project has received various scientific grants, and appears to be gaining some traction. Check out the comparison of artificial snow, quantum snow, and natural snow crystals below. Looks promising.
However, Quantum Snow has only been able to create the powder-esque snow in limited quantities to date. They have launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to build their first snow-gun prototype. You can check it out here.
I’ve always wondered why more research and innovation wasn’t being put into the snowmaking industry. Current snow-making systems allow us to ski and ride across most of the country, but couldn’t it be better? I guess we’ll see.
If Quantum Snow is able to produce a high-quality snow-making product, that could be used on a large-scale, we could ski areas shell-out millions of dollars to upgrade their systems.
We might be talking about the great “snow-making arms race” of the early-to-mid 20th century…