Study: Climate change may force skiers uphill
DENVER, Colorado” A study of two Rocky Mountain ski resorts says climate change will mean shorter seasons and less snow on lower slopes. This change could also affect the ski slopes of Vail, Colorado.
The study by two Colorado researchers says Aspen Mountain in Colorado and Park City in Utah will see dramatic changes even with a reduction in carbon emissions, which fuel climate change.
University of Colorado professor Mark Williams says the resorts will be in fairly good shape the next 25 years, but after that there will be less snow ” or no snow at all ” at the base areas, and the season will be shorter because snow will accumulate later and melt earlier.
Williams says if carbon emissions increase, the average temperature at Park City will be 10.4 degrees warmer, and there will likely no snowpack by 2100.