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Snow Business in US: Skiing Into the World of Winter Wonderlands

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&raquo Download Audio By Nancy Steinbach and Jerilyn Watson 2008-2-24 Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA

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by nancy steinbach and jerilyn watson
2008-2-24

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm bob doughty.

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and i'm barbara klein. this week on our program, we look at the business of skiing and snowboarding in the united states.

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a snowboarder catches air near georgetown, colorado
snow sports are a big business. ski areas help support local economies. one hundred sixty-five thousand people work in the mountain resort industry. it earns five billion dollars a year.

the president of the national ski areas association provided these numbers to a senate committee last may. michael berry wanted lawmakers in congress to know that his members are concerned about an issue: global warming.

snow sports, after all, are not just a business, but a business that depends on the weather.

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the ski season in the united states generally extends from late november until the middle of april. but this season, areas in the west have experienced record amounts of snowfall. some ski resorts are planning to stay open longer.

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