The New York Times looks into the issue of global warming and the future of the snow resort business. If some scientists are correct the entire business could look quite different in 78 years (not that we’d care all that much at that point.)
Under certain warming forecasts, more than half of the 103 ski resorts in the Northeast will not be able to maintain a 100-day season by 2039, according to a study to be published next year by Daniel Scott, director of the Interdisciplinary Center on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.. . . In the Rockies, where early conditions have also been spotty, average winter temperatures are expected to rise as much as 7 degrees by the end of the century. Park City, Utah, could lose all of its snowpack by then. In Aspen, Colo., the snowpack could be confined to the top quarter of the mountain. So far this season, several ski resorts in Colorado have been forced to push back their opening dates.
Guess by that time the kids will have to move indoors to some refrigerated slopes. Or, maybe the Republicans are right and by then we’ll be entering the next ice age. Who do you believe?
[Link: New York Times]