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Green Ski Resorts...Come Again?
11.2.12 02:58 PM
No, not literally green. We don’t want that. But what we do want is for our favorite resorts to remain open for years to come, and the only way that will happen is if there’s snow. No matter your take on climate change and going green, you can’t really argue with numbers. Statistics show that average temperatures are on the rise and winters are getting warmer. Need I bring up last year’s dismal season?
It's not rocket science to figure out that manmade snow requires A LOT of water. According to an article, "How Snow Makers Work," by Tom Harris, "it takes about 75,000 gallons of water to create a 6-inch blanket of snow covering a 200x200-foot area." Did your eyebrows raise yet? What's even crazier is that "the system in a good-sized ski slope can convert 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water to snow every minute." Put down your calculators and just keep reading -- that means to cover that 200x200 area with a 6-inch layer, it takes anywhere from 15 to 7.5 minutes. Are you checking my math skills or taking my word for it? The bottom line is that not only does manmade snow require a lot of water, it also entails a great deal of power consumption.
Without snow, we have no resorts; without resorts, we have no places to ski or board; without skiing or snowboarding, we have no fun, not to mention, no SkiSoutheast (scary, huh?)! Think it over for a bit and see if it's worth it to you to do what you can.
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