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Vacation Lodges Resort to Deploying Sewage Snow on Their Hills

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Aug 25, 2011 • References: foresterpress and motherjones
With annual snowfall in the American Midwest steadily decreasing with each year, resort managers across the continent are hoping to pad the ground with 180 million gallons of "sewage snow," a powder derived from reclaimed waste water.

Artificial snow is typically made from a hydrated artificial polymer, although it unfortunately doesn't feel very convincing to the touch. As a result, sewage snow has taken the spotlight as the best alternative to actual snow -- it's thicker, fluffier and made from toilet discharge. The Snowbowl Ski Resort in Arizona as well as a number of lodges in Australia have already deployed the waste water on their slopes, much to the chagrin of locals and visiting skiers.

Despite being perfectly clean, snow derived from treated sewage is largely reviled by the public. It's certainly understandable, but when climate fluctuations prevent natural snow from falling, will devoted skiers and vacationers continue complaining? It's doubtful.