While the report released on Thursday focuses heavily on the drop in skier visits during the 2011-12 winter season, in which snowfall totals fell well below historical averages across much of the Continental U.S., it is remarkably silent regarding the record 60.54 million skier visits logged in the U.S. during the winter of 2010-11, in which snowfall was the highest recorded in 20 years. In fact, over the course of the past 10 seasons, ski areas have enjoyed the best 10-year average on record, with 57.5 million skier and snowboarder visits on average nationally. Resort revenues have been on the upswing as well, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).
Actually the highest in at least 35 years. Also no mention that 1986-87 and 1991-92 were similar to 2011-12, and that 1976-77 and 1980-81 were much worse. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=10248FTO News":2chb5za2 said:the winter of 2010-11, in which snowfall was the highest recorded in 20 years.
And even with respect to 2011-12, the 120%+ seasons enjoyed in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest were conveniently ignored.SnowbirdDevotee":2chb5za2 said:This is the world we now find ourselves in. A couple weeks of below average snowfall and we see scary articles.
+1 No mention of Mammoth, Washington, Oregon, Sun Valley, the Tetons, nearly everywhere in western Canada, all off to fantastic starts to the season.admin":160qjoc4 said:Seriously, where's the balance in that piece?
All experts are careful to say that one winter does not prove or disprove climate change, but a series of winters does when the model for climate change is not necessarily just warmer winters, but more extreme winters and summers, with the same snow overall but packed into one or two whopper storms.
What if they’re right about that? That’s what we’ve had of late.
Not just Utah. This story (click) looks at it nationwide. Everywhere it’s the same — less snow, warmer temps, snow melting after it falls in lower elevations, and this is the long-term trend.
Admin":2fnlo8ne said:Nevertheless, the NRDC/POW got impressive mileage out of this report and press conference with hardly anyone questioning their data. Lest you should doubt that, just search Google News for stories on point over the past week. Those contributors got their money's worth.
Just read on tablet a lot of ski areas closing due to global warming?