Making ECO-friendly show in Norway

Added On January 12, 2018

Thanks to warmer winters, the chance of turning up to a ski slope to find nothing there is becoming increasingly common.
To help overcome the problem, a team of researchers in Norway have been trying to develop a way to produce snow in an environmentally friendly way.
LIFESTYLES went to take a look.
The "Snow for the Future" project was launched a year ago by the Norwegian Ski Federation and the city of Trondheim.
Together they have been working with researchers from SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology to unlock the secrets of nature, and making fluffy white snow.
Man-made snow has been used extensively since the snow cannon was invented in 1950. 
However, the process requires a lot of energy, and only works well at certain low temperatures.
"The new system will be designed with natural working fluids, to be more environmentally friendly and more easily to have heat recovery. So the special thing of this type of system is the heat recovery and reducing energy consumption. So that means environmentally friendly and lower energy consumption."
Eikevik said the new machinery is useful as it "can basically produce snow at any temperatures." 
The researchers believe one benefit could be to develop heat pumps where the cold side can be used to produce snow, while the warm side is used for heating. 
He added that a new prototype of the snowmaking machine is expected to be made in the middle of this year and will be placed at the Granasen ski center near Trondheim in central Norway.
Marit Gjerland is a ski run consultant for the Norwegian Ski Federation.
She said the all-weather snow system not only can help maintain traditional ski resorts, but can be used to open up new markets.
SOUNDBITE: MARIT GJERLAND, Ski run consultant, Norwegian Ski Federation
"Well, I think this project can help all resorts, destinations and countries that are into winter sports, as I said the climate challenge is something that has no boarders. So when the middle temperature will rise globally, this can help China, this can help Norway, this can help any country."
She said the technology could also reduce risks for organizers of winter sports.
And that means the future for skiers, is looking all white.