Modern Living: Snow Job

Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, 160 miles southwest of Washington, where snow usually comes only in unreliable flurries, seems an unlikely spot for a ski resort. Yet last weekend the stately rooms of The Homestead resort were crowded with the parka-and-stretch-pants set. It is the Southland's winter sport resort, and one thing is sure: there should always be snow. Reason: snow machines, an expensive network of pipes, hoses and nozzles lining the ski trails. Water, atomized by a compressed air blast, turns into snow crystals as it sprays out into below-freezing temperatures. Not only...

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