Photo taken at: Breckenridge Ski Resort
A summer in the Northern Hemisphere is nearing its halfway point, people are already planning their winter getaways. Colorado boasts some of the best ski mountains and resorts in the world. The state is known for long ski seasons with plenty of powdery snow. However, climate change is already devastating Colorado’s slopes. Colorado’s average temperature has increased more than 2 degrees in the last 40 years. As global temperatures continue to rise, ski seasons are diminishing and snowfall is coming up short. Skiers are finding runs to be icy and covered in threadbare blankets of snow with grass and rocks peeking through. As of early January, Colorado’s snowpack was lower than it had been in 30 years. The @epagov estimates that Colorado ski areas will see their already fleeting seasons dwindle by 10-15% by 2050. For a usual 150-day ski season, that means a reduction of between 2 weeks to nearly 3 months. Eventually, the @epagov estimates that some Colorado ski areas will see seasons shortened by as much as 80% from present-day levels by 2090. Breckenridge Ski Resort’s average ski season is 5 months and 1 week. However, an 80% season shortening would leave skiers with only 32 days on the mountain. How do you think this will impact the local economy who rely on ski resorts for jobs? Let us know in the comments.