Trend over last 10 to 15 years has been shorter winters
As the effects of climate change become ever more obvious, ski seasons are getting shorter – and winter resorts profits are getting smaller. In North America, the Catamount Outdoor Family Center just outside Burlington, Vermont, is only just surviving. Last winter brought it just 10 days of sledding and cross-country skiing. “Last year we were barely open,” Eric Bowker, the resort’s executive director said. “And now we are in a very big hole. One more snowless winter will put our business on the brink. It’s been really tough.”
This year has been better, but “the trend over the last 10 to 15 years has been shorter winters, changing weather conditions and more extreme weather events,” Chris Steinkamp, executive director of the California-based NGO Protect Our Winters, says. “Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are having a pretty tough time now. Business is slower.”
In a recent report, the NGO describes how the multi-billion-dollar winter sports industry could experience a meltdown in the years to come.
[photo: CH /www.visitnorway.com]