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Snow cannons are working overtime across the country.
Ski resorts from Vermont to California are relying on artificial snow to open for Thanksgiving weekend in unusually hot and dry fall conditions in many areas.
In Killington, Vermont, snowmaking efforts on the Superstar track will allow this weekend’s Alpine World Cup races to take place. In Utah, crews blow thick, dense snow to cover arid trails because making artificial powder snow is less energy efficient and heavy materials provide a better base.
In Summit County, Colorado, four ski resorts – Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin – rely almost entirely on artificial snow to open for the historically busy weekend. According to Daily summit, there are now 25 ski runs open between the four resorts, one more than in 2020 for Thanksgiving.
In Dillon, a town in central Summit County, snowfall is just five inches, up from 10.9 inches at the same time last year. Warm daytime temperatures have also forced resorts to produce snow almost entirely at night.
The impact of snowmaking on the environment has become an annual concern, as more and more resorts now rely on artificial snow to overcome rising temperatures. Technological and technical advancements claim to limit the use of water and energy for snowmaking, but this practice still has a major impact: snowmaking systems tend to be the biggest consumers of electricity in most areas. ski resorts.
Making snow is also labor-intensive, and crews in Vermont typically work five 13-hour shifts per week. Perhaps this is why some ski resorts cannot hire snow cannons quickly enough to meet demand this year.
And this scenario could receive global attention in the months to come. The upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be heavily dependent on manufactured snow, as the China National Alpine Ski Center in Yanquing, the site of the downhill skiing and snowboarding events, is currently dry.
First black female pro in triathlon
Head to The New York Times and read the profile of Alanis Thames of Sika Henry, the first African-American woman to earn her professional triathlon license. The story chronicles Henry’s rise in the sport and his efforts to overcome a terrible bicycle accident in 2019 that nearly ended his career.
The story also examines the struggles of triathlon with diversity, something other endurance sports face as well. Less than 2% of USA Triathlon annual members are black. One obstacle is access to triathlons. Another challenge is related to swimming: Research shows that drowning deaths among black children are disproportionately high, which researchers associate with racial discrimination.
But efforts are underway to make triathlons less white. Dr. Tekemia Dorsey, the only black woman on the USA Triathlon board of directors, led a program to create triathlon groups at historically black colleges and universities.
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