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Friday, December 20, 2013

Southern NH skiing: Is it all downhill from here (but not in a good way)?

At the risk of being a wet blanket, I must admit that one depressing thought kept cropping up Thursday as I was trying out the runs at the new expansion of Pats Peak Ski Area: "Is this the last major skiing expansion that Southern New Hampshire will ever see?"

That's the start of an analysis of that may or may not run in The Telegraph this weekend, depending on whether I can get it done in light of some breaking stuff that has come up.

The essence of this piece is that in light of what climate change is slowly doing to our weather, and will continue to do (maybe not so slowly), big-business alpine skiing south of the White Mountains is doomed to go the way of cross-country skiing. A couple of difference research groups have already reached that conclusion.

In some way that seems unnecessarily gloomy, because of the way the advances in snowmaking have extended seasons, leading to expansions at Sunapee and Crotched Mountain ski areas, but on the other hand it also seems inevitable.

I wonder: Is the snowglobe half full or half empty?