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Courtesy photo: Blowing snow at Pats Peak last week.
Sunday, December 2, 2012

By one scenario, climate change dooms southern NH ski areas

I have a story in the Telegraph with this depressing nut graf:

One Canadian professor’s computer model indicates that within three decades, ski areas may not be economically viable south of the White Mountains because of climate change.

You can read the story here. The research hasn't been published yet, so it's not linkable, but basically he placed standardized ski hills, with assumption of excellent snowmaking, at the location of every active ski area in New England and ran climate models, anticipating which could be open 100 days a season and 75% likelihood of opening by Christmas. Within three decades, there are no open ski areas in Mass. and virtually none south of the White Mountains (although Vermont does pretty well).

That's why I went to Pats Peak today, even though it's only partly open. We love local skiing!!!