Following up on a story we posted ages ago: The AP says a federal appeals court today ruled against a plan to use treated wastewater to make snow at the Arizona Snowbowl (north of Flagstaff). One judge said the plan was akin to using wastewater in Christian baptisms.
The court said the act would violate the religious freedom of more than a dozen American Indian tribes. The San Francisco Peaks have spiritual and religious meaning to 13 tribes in the Southwest. The resort's plans also included adding a fifth chair lift and tearing down and grooming about 100 acres of forest to attract more skiers.
For the third time in four years the resort opened late this winter because of a lack of snow. Two years ago, when 460 inches of snow fell on the mountain, the 68-year-old resort stayed open for 139 days and hosted more than 191,000 skiers. Last year, there was so little snow that the lifts ran only 15 days.