The New York Times offers an article this week that should interest and possibly terrify skiers and the resort owners who love them.
You can read the report's details and the numbers yourself. But in a nutshell, it's pretty clear to anyone who isn't a Utah Legislator that the globe is getting warmer. And that means an ever bleaker outlook over the next three decades for downhill skiers and resort owners from Sugarloaf to Park City.
Here's what the NYTimes article says:
As temperatures rise, analysts predict that scores of the nation’s ski centers, especially those at lower elevations and latitudes, will eventually vanish.
In the Rockies, where early conditions have also been spotty, average winter temperatures are expected to rise as much as 7 degrees by the end of the century. Park City, Utah, could lose all of its snowpack by then ...
BTW, artificially made snow is problematic solution because less snowpack means less water to run through the machines.
The resorts business this season, of course, will improve drastically with every good storm. But long term, Utah—heavily dependant on its outdoors and tourist industry—is going to have to be even more careful with its natural resources.