The Threat Of Warm Winters

Half of the ski areas in the Northeast may be closed in 30 years due to uncharacteristically warm weather. (Mjsawyer/Flickr)

Half of the ski areas in the Northeast United States may be closed in 30 years due to uncharacteristically warm winters. (Mjsawyer/Flickr)

Rising temperatures are plaguing wintry areas across the globe, endangering seasonal tourism that counts on healthy doses of snow.

Climate change may mean the end of the beloved powdery terrain, as mountain resorts rely more and more on high powered snow makers to coat the slopes.


Porter Fox, Features Editor at Powder Magazine and the author of “Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow.” He tweets @PorterFox.

Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski, Climate Researcher for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She tweets @LizBurakowski.


The New York Times: “The End of Snow?”

    • “At every range I traveled to, I noticed a brotherhood among mountain folk: Say you’re headed into the hills, and the doors open. So it has been a surprise to see the winter sports community, as one of the first populations to witness effects of climate change in its own backyard, not reacting more vigorously and swiftly to reverse the fate we are writing for ourselves.” – Porter Fox

Natural Resources Defense Center: “Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States”

    • “In the many U.S. states that rely on winter tourism, snow is currency and climate change is expected to contribute to warmer winters, reduced snowfall, and shorter snow seasons. This spells economic devastation for a winter sports industry deeply dependent upon predictable, heavy snowfall.” – Elizabeth Burakowski and Matthew Magnusson

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