Climate Change Impacts on the Snow Sport Industry

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Climate Change Impacts on the Snow Sport Industry

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As North America heads into the winter season, snow sport enthusiasts are getting ready to hit the slopes. But warm temperatures and a lack of snow are casting a shadow over what is traditionally…

US Ski Resorts Reopen

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Snowbasin is making history. For the first time it will be opening its slopes on weekends late in June, as the snowfall and cold weather has been favorable and the mountain still has enough snow to allow skiers and snowboarders an additional period of fun and excitement. It has been confirmed that as long as there remains enough snow to allow for safe winter sport activity, the resort will be open on weekends and skiers and snowboarders will be able to purchase day passes to enjoy the white slopes.

Riding a Zipflbob

The inspiration for the Zipflbob was the coal shovel. Invented in 1970 by Siegmund Loger, the original model was changed to plastic. Modifications were made to the handle and seat over the years to provide more maneuverability, speed and comfort. It only re-emerged in the 1990s and this form of sled has gained so much popularity that the first Zipflbob World Series was held in 2002 in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Today there are thirty official Zipflbob events and the International Federation Zipflbob was established in 2009.

Skiing in Estonia

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The Republic of Estonia is surrounded by the Russian Federation, the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland and Latvia. It offers visitors a temperate climate, depending on the season, but the Baltic States begin to receive their first snowflakes during the month of November. The seasonal snowfall allows skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of winter sports on the different slopes of Estonia. Each year the Baltic region is increasing in popularity, with Estonia being a favorite skiing destination.

Go Green while Skiing

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The sports of skiing and snowboarding are under threat. Not because there is a decrease in enthusiastic winter sports men and women, but due to the picturesque slopes suffering under the weight of modernization, demand and carbon offsets. Many environmentalists predict that if nothing is done to minimize the impact that skiing resorts have on nature, many skiing areas will one day become a mere memory. There is, however, a number of ways skiers and snowboarders can contribute to saving the mountains, and many resorts have already changed over to alternative energy sources to encourage eco-friendly skiing fun.

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