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Jul 23
Jul 23

Elements of Expansion

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The USFS and Snowbowl have hatched a dastardly plan to spread 180,000,000 gallons of treated sewage effluent on the edges of a wilderness area that contains pristine springs that provide Flagstaff with drinking water. This water is so good that Nestlé has been trying to buy it, bottle it, and sell it as natural spring water through Arrowhead water.

They would also like to upgrade their facility and trails by clearcutting trees, stripping topsoil resources, and reshaping the face of the ski area. Their snowmaking guns will be audible for miles around and will operate 24 hours a day when possible. They will also be making trails for ATV access to the mountain.

Below is a bullet list of the currently approved plans to destroy our Mountain and our watershed:

  • 1.5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater (that has now been found to have organic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and hormones) a day for snowmaking on 205 acres - Approximately 180,000,000 gallons of wastewater for the entire season!
  • 10,000,000 gallon wastewater storage pond (Approximately 3.5 acres surface area)
  • 14.8 miles of buried pipeline to transport wastewater from Flagstaff to Snowbowl
  • 74 acres "clear-cut" for new beginner trails
  • Approximately 50 snowmaking guns audible over 1.5 miles away (that will operate 24 hours a day if conditions allow) Air/water tower guns upper part of the mountain Fan snowmaking guns lower part
  • “Approximately 87 acres” are proposed to be “stripped of topsoil resources, reshaped and contoured”, “rocks and stumps protruding from the surface would be pushed into concentration areas and buried or hauled off site”
  • 47 acres of “tree thinning”
  • 7 acres snowplay tubing area
  • 3 acres “teaching area”
  • 4 surface lifts
  • 10,000 gallon underground water storage tank
  • 10,000 gallon underground water storage tank (additional)
  • 10,000 sq ft new facility
  • 6,000 sq ft hart prairie lodge size increase
  • 5,000 sq ft guest service facility with additional water storage tank
  • 4,000 sq ft snowmaking control unit
  • 3,000 ft new Humphrey’s lift
  • 2,500 sq ft Native American Cultural Center
  • "Develop approximately 1,110 ft of additional on-mountain access road"
  • 640 sq ft club house
  • 500 ft Aspen lift re alignment
  • 300 ft sunset lift realignment
  • 300 ft handle tow
  • 150 sq ft surface conveyor lift
  • 150 sq ft surface conveyor lift (additional)
  • 150 sq ft surface conveyor lift (additional)
  • 100 sq ft ski team building
  • 100 sq ft ski team building (additional)
  • 400 space parking area
  • Underpass for skiers
  • Traffic circle
  • Half pipe“rough-shaped out of dirt”
  • Joining 2 existing parking lots by grading and “leveling”
  • Hiking trails also accessible to ATV's and skiers
  • Burial of air, water and power lines along edges of ski trails for snowmaking guns
  • Additional reclaimed water line to lodges
Written by Smokey Bear