2013-12-07. The End of Snow Is Now?

posted Dec 16, 2013, 4:39 PM by Alan Gould

For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: A new book, DEEP, digs into the science and emotion swirling around climate change and how it will impact the ski industry. ...Porter Fox felt under the gun to research and write "DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow" in just around 18 months. ...For those of us who love sliding on snow, climate change may entail losing more than just deep powder and that dreamy, euphoric state it puts us in. ..."The snowpack in British Columbia has declined by half overall and the ski season in some regions is four to five months shorter than it was 50 years ago," he writes in DEEP.  "Eastern Canada is even warmer… Computer models show the Northeast ski season shrinking to less than 100 days by 2039. Under other models, the mean snow depth for the Rocky Mountains is predicted to drop to zero by 2100." But the more dire effects are being felt in the Alps, where "temperatures are rising three times faster than the global average," he writes.... http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/adventure-ethics/The-End-of-Snow-Is-Now-.html. Mary Catherine O'Connor, Outside.