06 Feb '12, 4pm

Climate Change is Impacting Winter Sports

So far, it hasn’t been a great winter for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and folks who depend on a lot of snow for their recreation and livelihood. Some states—Washington and Alaska—and some ski areas like Taos in New Mexico, and Telluride in southern Colorado, have gotten dumped on. But most resorts across the country are hurting for snow and hurting for dollars as a result. (See my colleague Kelly Henderson’s recent blog post on this topic). Some people have been arguing that this is just a normal fluctuation that comes with El Nino and La Nina weather patterns as well as the position of the jet stream, and that a warming climate has nothing to do with it. You can see evidence of this in the comments in response to Kelly’s blog. Those weather patterns certainly do effect seasonal precipitation. But what we’re seeing this winter is part of a trend which is the result ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tspencer/skiing_snow_bl...

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