Snow scientists say our ski seasons are getting warmer, wetter, and less snowy. The good news? An opportunity to provoke change.
Randall Osterhuber is standing chest-deep in a snow pit of his own digging. When he crouches down to take a snow sample, he disappears completely.
“Our precipitation is below average, but not dramatically,” he tells me from within his pit. He cuts a chunk of snow with a metal edge and dips down again, now shouting from below the surface. “Our snow depth is about 50 percent of average for today’s date and snowfall is about 65 percent of average for the year.”
Like you, we here at SKI Magazine are worried about climate change and what it might to do our sport. Which is why we're happy to report that the Municipality of Whistler -- host of the 2010 Winter Olympics -- has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2010.