Skiing December 12, 2012 : 8:55 PM

The climate crisis could decimate the skiing industry:

“A new study says a warming climate could cost the country's winter tourism industry as much as $2 billion a season as snowpack dwindles.”

“The report by Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council — dubbed "Winter Tourism in Peril" and released Thursday as Colorado endures a dry start to the ski season — says the country's $12.2 billion ski-and-snowmobile industry is waning as warmer temperatures melt snow and revenues.”

“The analysis — authored by a pair of doctoral students from the University of New Hampshire — concludes that rising winter temperatures since 1970 are threatening winter tourism in 38 states. The report said the difference between a good snow year and a bad snow year from 1999 to 2010 cost the industry between $810 million and $1.9 billion; 13,000 to 27,000 jobs; and 15 million skier visits.”

Interested in learning more about the link between the climate crisis and the ski industry? Visit the Climate Reality Project's "I Am Pro Snow" campaign to watch a clip from Warren Miller's latest film, Flow State: http://climaterealityproject.org/pro-snow/

Source: Denver Post