Thanks also for link to that terrific article by Robin Smith. His quote: "On Martin Luther King weekend of 2005, I visited the area on Saturday afternoon in a pouring rainstorm. Snow cover was very good, but fully saturated with water. The forecast was for the rain to stop and the temperature to quickly drop into the low 20's overnight and stay there for 24 hours. I really wanted to be somewhere else.
But that evening, as the temperatures dropped below 30 at 7 p.m., 120 guns fired up. The first of only two snowmakers showed up at 10:30 p.m. The next morning at 9 a.m., Ashton, Jay Roberts, mountain ops VP, and I headed out. Almost everywhere we went on the area's 130 acres, we were sliding on fresh machine made, about 4 to 8 inches at maximum. Groomers had been out on every trail, but only on the side of the trail opposite the guns. Otherwise, we were skiing the snow as it had come from the guns, Wintergreen's new "gold standard:" not machine-groomed corduroy, but 4 inches of machine made powder."
This miraculous recovery experience mirrored the one I had in Feb of 2006: http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=887&mode=headlines
Most impressive is the idea that the gold standard now in snowmaking is not just nice corduroy, but "4 inches of machine made powder" or in words from my article: "dry loose snow on many trails... I'm not sure it was even groomed"