One in three local councils in Sweden today owns snow cannons, according to a survey carried out by Swedish Radio P4 Jämtland. The survey found that over the past five years, local councils have spent over SEK 200 million to create snow.
Östersund in northern Sweden is one of the councils that has invested most of the tax payers' money on this. Over the past few years, the council has bought snow cannons for over SEK 8 million, and set up a special storage place where it is hoped that some 60,000 cubic metres of snow can be kept over the summer.
"The snow storage is a direct consequence of climate change," writes Östersund council in a statement, "as we otherwise would not be able to manage to have snow for the pre-season training at the beginning of November and to the premiere of the Biathlon World Cup in November/December."
The survey includes answers from 255 out of Sweden's 290 local councils.