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Did You Enjoy That Corporate Takeover of Your Favorite Ski Town?

winterlandRemember when there were cute little ski towns? I don’t either, but I have heard they existed—once.

Nowadays going skiing is sort of like going to DisneyWorld, except way more expensive. The corporate takeover of most of America’s ski resorts has changed the experience of skiing forever. Some of our country’s most amazing places have become gentrified and are suffering the beginning of urban sprawl. Locals have been displaced as they can’t afford to live in their homes and their corporate policies have taken a toll on the environment. The cost of skiing is now prohibitive to anyone that isn’t upper-middle class at the least.

As a skier, what do you do about it, though? By supporting a corporate-owned ski resort, your money, regardless of how small, is just fattening the pockets of those who live far from the local mountain town. In fact, financial support means that you are contributing to ruining your mountain playground.… Read the rest

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Arizona Ski Resort Pioneers Artificial Snow Made From Human Excrement

Ah, human industry — it warms the climate, resulting in snow-less winters, then ingeniously solves the problem by creating new fake snow made out of shit. The New York Times reports:

This coming ski season, Arizona Snowbowl will become the first ski resort in the world to use 100 percent sewage effluent to make artificial snow.

A federal appeals court ruled [against] a coalition of environmental groups and 13 American Indian tribes, which consider the mountain sacred and view the wastewater snow as a desecration. “It’s a disaster, culturally and environmentally,” said Taylor McKinnon of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the plaintiffs. He worries about the impact on the alpine tundra and to human health should skiers fall into the treated sewer-water snow and ingest it.

The United States Forest Service says the treated water meets the highest standards and is already used to irrigate golf courses, soccer fields and parks, according to Corbin Newman, a regional forester.

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