Summertime Snow

from the snowboard-year-round...-wherever-you-want dept

Having returned from a weekend of hiking in the Sierras where the conversation (at the top of our hike, as we prepared the long journey back down) turned to which is better, hiking or snowboarding, it sounds like we might no longer need to consider the snowboarding option limited to the winter months. After being used in Japan for a while, summertime snow making machines are making their way to the US. They’re being tested at a resort in New Hampshire, which was open for snowboarding on July 4th. Since it’s still experimental, it didn’t sound like they had very much snow, but it’s likely to get better. Furthermore, the folks pushing this technology picture it being used to create more local skiing and snowboarding options for people who want the slopes to come to them, rather than the other way around. For example, they’re talking to baseball park owners about building slopes that can be used for skiing lessons during the off-season.

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