Projected climate change impacts on skiing and snowmobiling (2017)

A simulation of natural snow conditions in 247 winter recreation locations in the U.S., including snowmaking estimates, allowed researchers to determine the future season lengths of skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling in each location.

All locations are projected to see reductions in winter recreation season lengths by 50% or more by 2050. Some ski locations will see reduction in season length of 80% by 2090. Estimated impact of reduced season length is millions, to tens of millions, of foregone recreational visits annually by 2050, representing a value of hundreds of millions of tourism dollars.


CITE: Wobus, C., Small, E.E., Hosterman, H., Mills, D., Stein, J., Rissing, M.,... Martinich, J. (2017). Projected climate change impacts on skiing and snowmobiling: a case study of the United States. Global Environmental Change, 45, 1-14.

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