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Even in making their own snow, ski slopes relying on Mother Nature
Even in making their own snow, ski slopes relying on Mother Nature

As flurries fell on browned Appalachian foothills northwest of Hagerstown, Whitetail mountain looked a misty white Thursday, with plumes of snow floating like steam over ski trails. The region's ski resorts all took advantage of surprisingly cold temperatures and moderate humidity to blanket their slopes with man-made snow. Rather than waiting for Mother Nature to churn up a snowstorm, crews use "guns" that shoot water and pressurized air 30 feet high to create an atmosphere in miniature, precipitating snowflakes as long as the air is cold and dry enough. Skiing or snowboarding is a tricky proposition at this time of the year in this part of the country. After a chill...

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