Rising Temperatures Threaten Fundamental Change for Ski Slopeswww.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/us/climate-change-threatens-ski-i...Whether this winter turns out to be warm or cold, scientists say that climate change means the long-term outlook for skiers everywhere is bleak. The threat of global warming hangs over almost every resort, from Sugarloaf in Maine to Squaw Valley in California. As temperatures rise, analysts predict that scores of the nation’s ski centers, especially those at lower elevations and latitudes, will eventually vanish.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. By then, no ski area in Connecticut or Massachusetts is likely to be economically viable, Mr. Scott said. Only 7 of 18 resorts in New Hampshire and 8 of 14 in Maine will be. New York’s 36 ski areas, most of them in the western part of the state, will have shrunk to 9.DB2
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 2039When I first started skiing in the 1970s and lived on the east coast friends brought me to a number of poor "ski hills" that existed only because they could now make snow and were closer to population centers that the ski mountains. Now they might be worried that they can't stay open for 100 days, 27 years from now. Good. :)Of course the big resorts are worried, but I'm not sure why they mention Squaw Valley specifically...opened early this year and IIRC stayed open past Memorial Day several times in the last decade...even till July 4 a couple of times.Mike
It is still very early in the California snow season, but the current snowpack levels are about normal for mid-December.http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/PLOT_SWCYou can look at historical data here:http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/swcchart.actionLooking at the last four winters, the 08-09 and 11-12 seasons had lower than average snowfall, while the 09-10 and 10-11 seasons were higher than normal. Looking at the data going back to 2000 on the link immediately above, it appears the seasons with the highest snowfalls usually had the majority of the snow build up later in the season (March-April).- Pete
CA winter weather is affected by El Nino / La Nina, so to get decent results depending on how you want to sell it, just pick the appropriate starting year.
The following link shows an interesting comparison of the snowfall in the California Sierra Nevada from December last year and this year.http://www.weather.com/sports-rec/ski/california-sierra-neva...- Pete (On the lookout for some rain predicted here today in San Diego.)
The following link shows an interesting comparison of the snowfall in the California Sierra Nevada from December last year and this year.http://www.weather.com/sports-rec/ski/california-sierra-neva......Yup. The Tahoe ski resorts got 8 feet of snow last week. Two people were killed in avalanches.Elan
the folks in NY and New England are celebrating nicely with all the storms and snowfall.Sorry, global warming freaks.....it's not happening....Skiing is just grand all over the countryMore snow in CO and NM today and tomorrow...folks at AngelFire will be happy as will all the Rocky Mountain folks.....t.
Route 5 in CA has been closed time and time again this winter due to , gulp, snow.....what you global warming types say isn't happening like it used to...t.
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