What do you do with 35 million tons of sand? If you are smart, you harness it for a side gig as a skiing resort. A kaolin mining operation in Hirschau, Germany, named their slag pile Monte Kaolino and opened it for tourists. That is, after they found that people were already skiing on it. People use the industrial waste pile, er, mountain, for sand skiing and sandboarding. I didn’t even know sandboarding was a thing, but Monte Kaolino is the home of the Sandboarding World Championships. This way, you can ski all year round, and only wear protective clothing instead of layers of fleece. The resort that has grown up around the mountain offers a funicular railway, a roller coaster, swimming pool, camping facilities, and other tourist activities. Now, this is how you take lemons and make lemonade. Tom Scott takes us there to find out how Monte Kaolino came about, and maybe he’ll even do a little sandboarding. Or maybe not.
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