Skiing Essay

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Skiing

The sport of skiing is dated back nearly 4,500 years. It began as a hunting technique for hunters in the Artic Rim tracking down game. Soon after, the Viking King Harald, in Iceland, used skiing not just for hunting, but for pleasure as well. The sport soon became competitive in racing, and wagers were placed on it. From here the sport spread across forty countries making it one of the fastest growing sports of the time (International Skiing History Association, 2004). It soon caught the attention of the local people of Flagstaff, Arizona. Lying on ancient volcanic ruins, the Flagstaff community began skiing the hills of Snowbowl in 1938 (International Skiing History Association, 2004). The Snowbowl ski area is made of up the
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If there is a ski area present in the area, shouldn’t there be skiing? Many Arizona residents rely on the ski area for its incoming business, recreation, and for providing jobs to many people. On the other hand, the varying opinions on whether snow should be made on the Snowbowl Ski Mountain in Flagstaff, Arizona have grown to become a statewide debate. Snowbowl is one of the sacred mountains in the San Francisco Peaks that is very meaningful to the Native people. If snow were to be made on the mountain, it would interfere with the beliefs of many people. Should snow me made on Snowbowl? This paper discusses the pros and cons of the expansion of the ski area. It is very sacred grounds for the Natives’, but on the other hand, the area is depended on by the tourists the mountains brings to the town, whom are also depended on by the economy for the business, and for the recreation it provides for everyone.

Flagstaff is a tourist town in the mountains at the base of a local ski area called Snowbowl. The winter season brings many tourists coming up the mountain to enjoy the snow and have a fun family get away. With seasons such as last year with the resort only open for a total of four days, it is very disappointing to many people. This happened because of the minimal ninety-nine inches the area received. The following is a graph, from the Arizona Snowbowl Facilities Improvements Draft Environmental Impact Statement of January, 2004, shows the

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