Still, there was something about riding a slow chairlift up my small, local mountains with the freezing wind whipping your numb face, and then getting blasted with icy man-made snow as your chair glides through the path of a snowblower.
Yes! The first true powder run you make in your life after skiing/boarding for 20+ years on east-coast hardpack is a nearly religious experience.
Take last year (2015) for example, where our Spring was much wetter than usual,
This article does a good job of explaining the difference between natural snowflakes and man-made "ice flakes" (natural stuff is mostly air), and I've always wondered why someone hasn't figured out how to make powder on a large scale.
A resort that can guarantee 5+ inches of powder every day is a license to print money.
Edit: I wanted to add that the results of their snowmaking, after it's been groomed, is actually pretty enjoyable and a lot higher quality then any fake snow you'll find in the west. Last winter when I was suffering from no snow in the PNW, I was seriously jealous of the mid-atlantic's snowmaking abilities.