Recreation: Snowless Skiing, Iceless Skating


Snowless Skiing, Iceless Skating

For skiers, snow is white gold. Until it falls, they are a frustrated lot, all booted up, geared, waxed, with nowhere to go. Some skiers have tried to get in condition early by skiing on sand, pine needles or hay — all far from satisfactory.

To hurry up the season, and extend it after the snow has melted, at least 20 different manufacturers have tried to find a good synthetic substitute. Most of them have wound up with a blizzard of problems.

One firm covered the...