Ski industry and climate change

Climate change is a challenge for the tourism industry in mountainous areas, mainly because of less snow coverage. Already now but more in the future, ski resorts will have more pressure and adapting to this issue will involve more costs.

This case study compares three peer-reviewed journals written on the issue of climate change in mountainous areas and adaptation measures in two different countries: Canada and Australia. Of course, the impact of climate change differs from country to country, or more precisely, from ski resort to ski resort.

A lot of ski resorts compensate the lack of snow by installing snow guns because snowmaking reduces the vulnerability of the ski industry. Of course, there are other adaptation measures for a ski resort to stay profitable.

Lack of snow Switzerland

To find out more on this topic: Mini case study on ski industry and climate change

Author: Magalie Baechler, Class 703e

Main sources:

Bürki, R., Elsasser, H., & Abegg, B. (2003, April). Climate change-impacts on the tourism industry in mountain areas. In 1st International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism, Dierba (pp. 9-11).

Pickering, C. M., & Buckley, R. C. (2010). Climate response by the ski industry: the shortcomings of snowmaking for Australian resorts. Ambio, 39(5-6), 430-438.

Scott, D., McBoyle, G., Mills, B., & Wall, G. (2001, December). Assessing the vulnerability of the alpine skiing industry in Lakelands Tourism Region of Ontario (Canada) to climate variability and change. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Climate, Tourism and Recreation. International Society of Biometeorology. Pgs (pp. 153-170).

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