Controversy at the Snow Bowl

I visited the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff in 1997. It was first and only ski trip. Today, I hear that a high demand for snow skiing and low supply of snow has prompted park owners to consider making snow to sustain tourism there. The rub: they want to make snow from — get this — treated wastewater.

Native Americans, who consider the Snowbowl site a sacred mountain, are upset, saying the move would be tantamount to urinating in a church. I’m wondering why, if the mountain was so sacred, they allowed it to become such a heavily trafficked tourism destination in the first place.

For more on the controversy, you can listen to a NPR report I heard tonight here.

At Arizona Snowbowl, a Battle Over Fake Snow [NPR]
Arizona Snowbowl [Arizona Snowbowl]

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