Cross-Country Resorts Cave to Great Satan of Manufactured SnowBy Steve Casimiro on December 10th, 2012
Oh, you smug hippies and four-percent body fat cardiovascular replicants, oh, how you’ve mocked alpine ski resorts for their snowmaking. And now look at you — not just sleeping with the enemy, but letting him bring a gun to bed. Yes, across the Northeast, where the number of winter days with snow on the ground has shrunk by more than a month between 1965 and 2005, cross-country operations are turning to snowmaking just to keep their businesses going. At Vermont’s Jack Frost, a single night’s blowing of the guns can use 150,000 gallons of water. “In a sport that prides itself in being green, it is difficult to countenance,” Fred Griffin, founder of the New England Nordic Ski Association. Resorts are divided into two camps, but not on environmental lines; nope, it’s between those that can afford it and those that wish they could. Via NY Times.
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