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Does climate change mean a shorter ski and snowboarding season?

Does climate change mean a shorter ski and snowboarding season?


While cold winter weather May send some of us running for cover for many Canadians it’s an open invitation to get outside and hit the slopes but what will these ski hills look like as our Winters and our climate continue to warm we’ve done modeling throughout Canada the US much of Europe and then we’ve also looked at all of the different Winter.

Olympic hosts so those are dispersed across Asia Europe and North America Canada does generally better than most places as a country but even within our borders there’s a lot of wiggle room Ontario has seen some of the biggest changes to date with green Christmases stalling Seasons at Blue Mountain but Quebec and the Rockies have fared a.

Little better when you get over into the interior BC you get that real cold um and reliable cold to make snow but you also get reasonable amount of snow coming over the mountains you see that in some of the passes and stuff that become unpassable at times research shows American ski seasons have been growing progressively shorter over the.

Past decade and Scott believes the same trend is already underway here in Canada if correct Scott says we can expect another 10 to 15 years of relative stability but changes could ramp up by 2050 depending on how warm we get low emissions sort of successful Paris climate agreement not much different than today a bit more.

Certainly higher operating costs a little bit shorter season but in the mid-century under a high emissions new you’re already pushing the limits from the first snow making in some key parts of the year around Christmas holiday New Year while a shorter season could hurt communities that rely on nearby slopes for tourism it’s unlikely that interest.

In skiing and snowboarding is going anywhere if a big chunk of your competitors go out of business and demand stays the same relatively which is what we’ve seen in record War Winters that demand doesn’t go away there’s market share to be had and so that’s what you’ll probably see both in the western regions but in the Eastern.

Regions many in the industry are already working to adapt whether it’s harvesting snow elsewhere making their own or diversifying into more summer activities but across the board two things are certain ski seasons will get shorter and operating costs will go up Christy clyman Higa CBC News Edmonton

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