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Projected Climate Change Impacts on Skiing and Snowmobiling: A Case Study of the United States

Cameron Wobus, Eric E. Small, Heather Hosterman, David Mills, Justin Stein, Matthew Rissing, Russell Jones, Michael Duckworth, et. al.


May 3, 2017
How will climate change impact skiing and winter recreation activities? This article presents a physically-based water and energy balance model to simulate natural snow accumulation at 247 winter recreation locations across the continental United States.

  • National winter recreation impacts are projected for ten climate scenarios.
  • Projections indicate reduced winter season lengths for most regions and periods.
  • The research team estimates millions of lost winter recreation visits across models and periods.

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