FLAGSTAFF — A northern Arizona ski resort where snowmaking has been a controversial topic is planning to spray artificial snow beneath the chairlifts next week.
Arizona Snowbowl owner Eric Borowsky says using potable water to make snow will help extend the snowboarding and ski season.
The Coconino National Forest approved the plan Friday that covers less than 5 acres.
The Snowbowl’s long-term plan is to use reclaimed wastewater it secured through a contract with the city of Flagstaff to make snow, but the pipeline is not complete. The Snowbowl received a permit in 2010 for the construction of snowmaking equipment.
American Indian tribes that consider the San Francisco Peaks sacred have unsuccessfully fought snowmaking in court. They’ve based arguments on religious freedom and health risks of treated wastewater.