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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Snowmobiling vs. Skiing

Utah skiers and snowmobile riders are fighting over wilderness rights.

According to an article in the Herald Tribune, there's a long-simmering and highly charged dispute between backcountry skiers and snowmobile riders.

Skiers and snowmobilers have been visiting Logan Canyon, Utah since many years to enjoy their winter activities. But since the 1990s, new engine technologies enabled snowmobiles to go up steep slopes and negotiate deep snow like it was never doable before.

Ever since, tensions amid the two groups have intensified not only in Logan Canyon, Utah but across the West.

Skiers, snowshoers and winter hikers are seeking outdoor recreation in a quiet, noise- and pollution free surroundings without the threat of getting run over by speeding snowmobiles.

Snowmobilers want to have fun too, by speeding with 80 to 100 miles per hours through deep powder. They’re seeking thrill and action with their machines. Acting responsibly towards other non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife seems not to be much of an issue for them.

Can the two groups co-exist in peace? Read the following article and let me know your thoughts.

Click here and read more in the article Snowmobiling vs. Skiing by Martin Stolz (Herald Tribune).