Snow-Geek Kid Builds His Own Snow-Making Machine

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Reader Mark sends us a story about a kid up in Oregon who is a real snow geek:

As long as anyone can remember, 10-year-old  Forest Pearson  has been crazy about snow.

Even when he was tiny, he bugged his parents to drive to Mount Hood so he could go tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding.

And whenever the temperature dropped below freezing, he prayed for snow.

But like the best geeks, when conditions wouldn’t meet his expectations, he hacked the conditions.

Forest and his grandfather cooked up the idea of making their own snow machine. Their first attempts, using a paint sprayer, failed miserably.
Instead of snow, they glazed the backyard in a sheet of ice.

But when they figured out how to harness compressed air and cooled water, using the right nozzles to create a vapor cloud, they were treated to a shower of snow droplets.

So for a price tag one-tenth that of professional equipment, he can have a sled-run in his back-yard whenever he wants.  That’s one cool kid!  Link to the Oregonian article.

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