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Water is a renewable resource and snowmaking is about jobs

Michael Rathgeber - Silverthorne

I wonder if letter-writer Mark Lipman (SDN, Nov. 17) would feel the same way about snowmaking if he were an employee of a ski resort, with rent to pay and kids to feed, while waiting anxiously for that first full paycheck which comes when the ski resort opens for business.

Or would he feel the same way if he were a shop owner in a ski resort, three months behind in his rent and making deals with God for an early snowfall supplemented with some snowmaking so he can catch up on his rent.

Water is a renewable resource as far as I can tell. It either absorbs into the ground or evaporates into the air where it comes back to us as liquid.

I don’t see where the problem is. It’s not like the resorts are taking it and never giving it back. They are borrowing it and giving it back as snowmelt in the spring.

And if they don’t have it to begin with, such as in a drought situation, they don’t use it. Sounds simple to me.

Michael Rathgeber


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