Snow – some interesting facts
Its snowing today in Meribel and so I thought it was a good day to tell you some interesting facts about the ‘white stuff’ that we all love so much.
- Did you know that the first known usage of the word ‘snow’ was in the 9th century and the word ”snowball’ dates to around 1400
- When snow melts, one inch of fresh snow will produce less that a 10th of an inch of water
- The average snowflake falls at a speed of about 3 mph
- Although rarely a condition found in ski resorts, people with ‘chionophobia’ have an intense dislike or fear of snow
- Although we all grew up being told that the Inuit people had hundreds of words for ‘snow’, it is apparently a myth and that there are only two basic words to describe snow in the Inuit language – ‘qanik’ meaning snow in the air and ‘aput’ meaning snow on the ground
- The largest snowman ever built was acutually a snow-woman who was 122ft tall and built in Maine USA in 2008
- All snowflakes have 6 sides and the largest snowflake ever recorded was 15 inches wide and it fell in Montana in 1887
- Snow is not white – it is actually clear and colourless but sunlight is uniformly absorbed over the wavelength of visible light thus making it look white
- Wilson Bentley, a US farmer known as the Snowflake Man took more than five thousand photos of snowflakes
- In the 3 Valleys ski area there are over 2,000 snow making machines covering a third of the ski area ensuring good ski conditions from December through April
Lets hope it keep snowing hard today to get the (snow)ball rolling.
Why not come and enjoy a play in the white stuff this winter in the wonderful Avery Crest Chalets because everyone deserves a little luxury !