Winter Sports in the Grip of Climate Change

Ski resorts across the Alps are struggling in the face of yet another year with record-low snowfall. But it isn’t just a European phenomenon. All around the globe, researchers are studying how climate change impacts current and future snowfall patterns. And it’s bad news for snow lovers everywhere, with a significant financial burden falling on entire economic sectors.

Global change in snowfall patterns

Source: NOAA

Ski areas struggle with changing snowfall patterns

Source: Kawase et al. 2021
Change in Total Snowfall in the Contiguous 48 States, 1930–2007. Source: EPA

The financial burden

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