Wednesday, November 14, 2007
RESORT OWNERS AFFECTED
“How Do You Ski if There Is No Snow?” asks the New York Times, warning that “resort owners and tour operators will be directly and strongly affected by climate change.” The question turns out to be largely hypothetical:
Resorts in both Europe and North America are opening ahead of schedule thanks to heavy snowfall ...
More than 80 cm of fresh snow in Austria’s Kitzbuhel has prompted a historically early opening date of Saturday November 10th, while Lech received 20 cm of the white stuff on Wednesday November 7th and is all set to open for ski breaks on December 1st.
It’s less a matter of “how do you ski” than “where would you like to ski”:
Heavy snowfalls over the past week — with more forecast for the next few days — mean that dozens of resorts are now enjoying their best start to the season in decades ...
Much of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps saw their first snow at the weekend. Verbier is reported to have half a metre of fresh powder snow. Resorts in Sweden and Germany have also opened.
Similar deal in Australia earlier this year. It’s probably warm snow.
(Via Jim R.)