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In future, season length at ski areas will be influenced by size of the resort (2009)

Ski area performance indicators, such as season length, snowmaking operations, total skier visits and profits for the 2001–2002 and 1998–1999 analogue years were compared to the climatically normal (based on 1961–1990 means) years of 2000–2001 and 2004–2005.

Findings show that season length is influenced by the size of a ski area. For example, the smaller the ski area, the more significant the loss in season length that can be expected during future warming scenarios. Medium and large ski areas generally fare better during climatically marginal winter seasons than small or extra large ski areas.

CITE: Dawson, J., Scott, D., & McBoyle, G. (2009). Climate change analogue analysis of ski tourism in the northeastern USA. Climate Research, 39, 1–9.


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