The climate is changing – this we know. Temperatures, on average, are rising across the U.S., resulting in unpredictable weather patterns. Ski resorts that could in the past bank on heavy snowfall all season long are left waiting and watching, putting a whole industry in limbo. So how will climate change affect the future of the ski industry?


How is skiing at risk?

In Part 1, we explored what the ski industry stands to lose if the climate continues to change for the worse. But in what ways would a warmer climate disrupt the ski industry?

The predicted rise in temperature around the world is alarming, to say the least. And with it comes not only less snowfall but a loss of the kind of quality snow that skiers are willing to pony up for.

Warmer temperatures would also lead to a shortened ski season that begins later and ends sooner, making it increasingly harder to hit the 100-Day Rule, the rule of thumb that says ski resorts need to have a snow covering of at least 30cm for 100 days a season to be commercially viable.

Data has shown that during winters with low amounts of snowfall, resorts and mountain towns experience an unsustainable drop in the number of visitors and dollars spent there. If temperatures continue to rise at their current pace these low-snow winters will happen much more frequently, and many ski resorts will be unable to survive.

All credit for data used in infographic goes to Protect Our Winters. View their 2018 Economic Report to see the full findings of their research.


Climate change and skiing part 2 - Skis.com



Please include attribution to Skis.com with this graphic.

 

Best Sellers

View all
Save 58%
Barrier Reef
Salomon Outlaw 3L Ski Jacket Mens
Sale price$187.19 Regular price$450.00
Save 45%
Black/Grey
Salomon STH2 WTR 13 Ski Bindings 2020
Sale price$151.44 Regular price$275.00
Save 59%
Bronze Brown
Salomon Outlaw 3L Ski Pants Mens
Sale price$143.75 Regular price$350.00
Save 79%
White
Spy Getaway Goggles White/Persimmon Lens Mens
Sale price$8.46 Regular price$40.00
Save 78%
Cherry Dry Tomato
Vertical Mythic Insulated MP+ Jacket Mens
Sale price$127.61 Regular price$569.00
Save 25%
Black/Black
Dalbello DS MX 75 Ski Boots Mens 2022
Sale priceFrom $149.95 Regular price$200.00
Save 78%
Black
Terracea Palmer Ski Pants Mens
Sale priceFrom $54.61 Regular price$249.95
Save 38%
Anthracite/Black/Red
Marker Griffon 13 ID Ski Bindings 2023
Sale priceFrom $269.99 Regular price$295.00
Save 16%
Batik
Athalon Everything Boot Bag
Sale priceFrom $58.51 Regular price$69.99
Save 60%
True Black
Roxy Backyard Ski Pants Girls
Sale priceFrom $39.74 Regular price$99.95
Save 30%
Port Red
Dakine Tram Ski Bag
Sale price$73.52 Regular price$105.00
Save 53%
Black
Imperial Motion Eldorado Bib Ski Pants Mens
Sale price$93.10 Regular price$199.95
Save 44%
Black/Khaki
Rossignol Evo 70 Mens Ski Boots 2022
Sale price$168.56 Regular price$300.00
Save 47%
Black
Salomon L10 Ski Bindings 2019
Sale price$92.16 Regular price$175.00
Save 48%
True Black
Quiksilver Mission Solid Kids Jacket
Sale price$68.16 Regular price$129.95
Save 57%
Black/City Grey
Columbia Lightning Lift Insulated Ski Jacket Kids
Sale price$38.33 Regular price$90.00
Save 17%
Salomon QST Access 60 Ski Boots Womens 2020
Salomon QST Access 60 Ski Boots Womens 2020
Sale price$299.95 Regular price$360.00
Save 48%
Solstice Floral
Dakine Padded Sleeve Ski Bag
Sale price$47.04 Regular price$90.00
Save 44%
Maalavidaa
Burton Profile Mittens Mens
Sale price$25.36 Regular price$44.95
Save 48%
Orange
Sidas 3-Feet Mid Arch Ski Boot Insoles Mens
Sale price$25.81 Regular price$50.00
Save 65%
Black
Rossignol Comp J1 Kids Ski Boots 2022
Sale price$59.95 Regular price$170.00
Save 63%
Chamonix Resort Alloy Ski Poles
Chamonix Resort Alloy Ski Poles
Sale price$14.95 Regular price$40.00
Save 52%
Matte Black/Grey & Clear Lens
Smith Reverb Sunglasses w/ Bonus Lens Mens
Sale price$76.17 Regular price$159.00
Save 25%
White
Armada Triad Ski Poles
Sale price$30.06 Regular price$39.95
Save 53%
Fired Up
Obermeyer Rylee Teen Ski Jacket Girls
Sale price$69.56 Regular price$149.50
Save 44%
Black/Red
Rossignol EVO 70 Mens Ski Boots 2021
Sale price$168.56 Regular price$300.00
Save 73%
True Black Outlines
Roxy Moonlight Ski Jacket Girls
Sale priceFrom $42.62 Regular price$159.95
Save 45%
Black
Rossignol Comp J4 Kids Ski Boots 2021
Sale price$110.95 Regular price$200.00
Save 44%
Martini Olive Terra Camo
Burton Gore-Tex Gloves Mens
Sale price$41.76 Regular price$74.95