Navajos want to buy Arizona ski resort to stop snowmaking

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 21, 2009 6:21 pm

You’d think with a story like this, we’d say boo Navajos! More snow!! Don’t stop it! But, in this case, the Navajos are evoking some sympathy for sure.

The San Francisco Peaks mountain, in Arizona’s Snowbowl ski resort outside of Flagstaff, is one of the Navajo’s most sacred mountains. They want to buy it so they can stop the snowmaking on it. Navajo Raymond Maxx said “The elders and our traditional people, they expect something to be done to stop that process [of snowmaking], and some of us are willing to put some of our resources behind our actions,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here. That would really relieve the stress and tension among our traditional folks, our elders back home.”

The ski resort is not for sale as of now, but owner Eric Borowsky said if they made a decent offer, the prospect of selling the resort may be brought to the table.