Ski resorts depend on snow. But with global warming, some slopes are seeing more rain and less of the white stuff. And, warmer temperatures make it harder for resorts to make their own snow.

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Link: “These can impact our operations, the length of the season, and ultimately our revenues.”

That’s Geraldine Link, with the National Ski Areas Association. To help address the problem, her group launched The Climate Challenge, in which resorts pledge to advocate for climate solutions and reduce their own carbon pollution.

Since the program started in 2011, more than 40 resorts have participated. Their strategies for reducing emissions range from adding solar panels to retrofitting lighting systems and grooming the slopes with hybrid vehicles.

In total, the resorts have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 44,000 metric tons. That’s equivalent to taking more than 9,000 cars off the road for a year.

Link: “We’re very hopeful that we’ll have more participants coming on board this year. Especially with the fact the United States is out of the Paris Climate Agreement, we feel that the need for voluntary action has never been greater than now.”

Reporting credit: Anna Moritz/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

Topics: Snow & Ice