Environmental education featured at ski area event
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Arapahoe Basin’s Save Our Snow celebration will take on extra poignancy in a season when there just wasn’t all that much of the white stuff. While it’s still hard to draw a direct line between global warming and this year’s snow drought, there’s more buzz than ever in the ski industry about how a changing climate might impact winter snow sports, as parts of the country suffered through one of the warmest and driest winters on record.
California’s Sierra Nevada, for example, reported a snowpack that was only about a third of normal for much of the season, and resorts in New England also stayed high and dry much of the winter.
To add insult to injury, a March heat wave brought record-breaking high temperatures to a huge portion of the country, including Summit County, where daily records fell nearly every other day and temperatures often ran 20 degrees above average. (more…)