One of the beauties of skiing in the United States is that there seems to always be a state with excellent skiing for seven months out of the year. While the middle months (January and February) probably have the overall best ski conditions, skiers should not be surprised to find wonderful skiing conditions as early as November and as late as mid May. This is accomplished though the use of snow makers. These machines produce artificial snow. Skiing on this snow is no different than the real thing. Often, resorts use a snow maker to make the ski season last as long as possible, and avid skiers certainly adore taking advantage of the opportunity!