U.S. ski industry frets snow drought, lobbies for emissions caps

But has there been any “global warming”?

Climatewire reports,

One year after record amounts of snow fell on the Rocky Mountains, the region is coping with the worst snow drought in 30 years, putting a crimp on the ski industry and causing water managers to brace for shortages come spring.

“The ski industry needs consistency and predictability in a broad sense,” said Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co. in Colorado. “In other words, we don’t need tons of snow every year; we need to know it’s going to get cold and have some basic consistency, and I think what we fear is this radical inconsistency.”

Schendler says activity at the ski resorts has picked up now that temperatures have dropped, but that doesn’t stop mountain managers from thinking about how this strange weather might affect the industry in the future.

“We have always taken climate change incredibly seriously, and it’s one of our number one strategic focuses,” said Schendler, whose company was the first in the ski industry to develop a climate policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

Aspen Skiing Co. also hasn’t been afraid to use its high-profile status and leverage to drive larger policy on climate change. In 2006, the ski resort operator argued for the regulation of carbon dioxide pollution in the Supreme Court case Massachusetts v. U.S. EPA. Just last fall, Schendler journeyed to Washington, D.C., with a number of professional athletes to lobby Congress on the climate issue as part of the Protect Our Winters campaign

“We still feel it’s early in the season,” said Malcolm Wilson, chief of the Water Resources Group in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado region. “That said, December was not a very good month for snowfall and runoff, and it does cause us some concern, so we’ve started to watch it more closely.”

“Climate change models project variability, so maybe we’re just seeing more [climate] variability at this point,” he added.

Schendler of Aspen Skiing Co. says that while it’s wrong to draw any larger conclusions on climate change from this year’s funky weather, it’s also not hard to see the long-term trend. “We’re seeing that runoff is happening quicker, temperatures have risen disproportionally and spring is coming quicker,” he said.

Meanwhile… Snowed in! British skiers stranded in resorts across Europe after record snow dump

Fred Singer recently noted:

… But I do claim that the commonly reported and accepted warming between 1978 and 2000 is based only on thermometers from land surface stations and is not supported by any other evidence that I could find. Specifically, ocean data (from 71% of the earth’s surface) and global atmospheric data (as recorded by satellites and independent balloon-borne radiosondes) do not show such a warming at all…

And Climategater Phil Jones admitted in 2010 to no significant warming since 1995.

4 thoughts on “U.S. ski industry frets snow drought, lobbies for emissions caps”

  1. It’s ALWAYS been variable, what rot. It’s also well known that we get most of our snow in the spring, December/January is notoriously dry. I’ve been hearing the ski resorts complain about snow my entire life.

    Runoff happens at about the same time every year, but it is also variable depending on if we have a warm or cold May. Spring comes at the same time every year.

    About the only snow you can count on is Oct and March to break your tree branches and freeze your fruit flowers, and during the Stock Show, to freeze yourself. Yesterday it was in the low 60s, today it barely hit 20 and we have 5 inches of snow. By Sunday it will be back in the 50s.

  2. Having milder winters or warmer weather isn’t a bad thing. There’d be more growing seasons for food, animals would multiply, game season would be extended, and our quality of life would increase further. But it seems that these climate scares are killing us. These junk sciences have gone a long way.

  3. Record snow followed by not record snow causes snow dependent businessses to cringe in fear. Hmmm. And Wolf Creek in CO had a great first half to their season. But yeah, Fluctuation = AGW.

    Worse than my farming grandmother who was always wringing her hands over the too wet or too dry or too hot or too cold weather of the day.

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