Roadtrip Vignettes, Part 2: Sun Valley, ID

I was at Sun Valley talking to the woman, 60ish or so, working the lift ticket counter. I was asking about the mountain's winter offerings. "I hear you have a ton of snowmaking," I said.

"Oh yes," she said, clearly delighted, almost bragging. "We have more acres of snowmaking than anywhere else in the country."

"So when do you get your big natural storms?" I asked.

Her smile flickered a little and she hesitated.

"It's changing?" I offered.

"Exactly," she said.

"It's just like that in Colorado, too," I told her.

Earlier that morning I'd been talking to a mechanic at a local bike shop. He too had mentioned Sun Valley's extensive snowmaking. When I asked him a similar question about their storms, his response was rather more bleak. He said, "Every year we see the desert move a little further north."

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