September 27, 2005
Snow Making at Snowbowl, AZ Update
Snowbowl in Arizona is being sued by the Sierra Club and several local Indian tribes over their plans to install snowmaking equipment to ensure a more consistent operating season. Because the snowmaking will use reclaimed waste water after it is properly treated, local tribes have compared spreading waste water on their sacred San Francisco peaks to flushing the Koran down the toilet.
Snowbowl is located just outside of Flagstaff, about two hours north of Phoenix. Flagstaff is home of Northern Arizona University, so Snowbowl tends to be filled with college kids on weekends. The project will enlarge the resort and provide some much needed enhancements.
The suit is scheduled to be heard in October. More details to come as the suit progresses.