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Stop blowing snow

Mark Lipman, Silverthorne

I sit here writing this letter as the snow falls quietly outside. It’s as beautiful an action that Mother Nature can produce.

But I can only think of one thing, and that is the incessant waste of our No. 1 natural resource: water.

I grew up in Vermont and have been skiing for the past 30 years. I love snow and every activity that it allows.

I do not want to sit here and write about the countless benefits that snow blowing brings to our prosperous ski resort county.

Instead, I would like to say that it is not a cost-effective or productive use of our water resource. Snow blowing is a frivolous, self-indulgent and irresponsible act. I have learned that it costs $50,000 per night to blow snow on an eight-acre parcel.

I have also learned that blowing snow for one evening consumes roughly 250,000 gallons of water.

I was not an economics major in college. I studied sociology. From the information I have received, I have concluded that it does not take an economic genius to realize that the act of blowing snow is a waste of time, money and especially our No. 1 resource.

If the resorts want to waste their money, fine. It’s their money and they have a right to do with it what they would like.

The fact is, though, it’s wrong to use everyone’s water to be the first ones open for the season as well as to create an extra 15-inch base for a month’s worth of spring skiing.

I would not be surprised if we have a few more days of 55-65 degree weather, and then the snow will melt. And for what? So the resorts can blow more snow and waste millions more gallons of water.

It just does not add up nor does it make one bit of good sense. I am sure that there are people who both agree and disagree about this matter.

That’s why the Great Spirit has given us a brain. But along with that brain we were also given a conscience. Please stop attempting to manipulate the environment. Enough is enough. Let Mother Nature do her thing in her own time and everything will balance out.


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