NY Times Claims Skiing Is Endangered – As Snow Trends Grow and New Records Set

From ClimateREALISM

By James Taylor -January 8, 2022

The New York Times published an article yesterday attempting to frighten skiers into becoming climate activists by claiming snow cover is diminishing throughout the country. “Skiing is an endangered sport,” claims the Times. In reality, objective data show that snow cover has been increasing during the past 30 years and current snowfall in the nation’s best ski country is setting new records this ski season. “All the news that’s fit to print” appears a lot more like “all the propaganda that’s fit to print.”

The Times’ article asserts, “Skiing is an endangered sport, caught between a warming planet and a global pandemic.” Moreover, according to the article, “In recent years, with snow cover diminishing and untouched powder increasingly difficult to reach, skiers like Ms. Backstrom have been pushed onto groomed trails more often.”

Utilizing satellite measurements, the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab (GSL) keeps precise data on global, hemispheric, and continental snow cover dating back to the 1960s. According to the GSL data, the past 30 years have seen no decline in global or North American snow cover. Instead, there has been a modest increase in snow cover during the past three decades.

Even compared to the 1960s, which fell in the middle of the 1945-to-1977 global cooling period, recent North American snow cover is only marginally less than what was the case during that cold era 60 years ago. That small decline is due entirely to snow cover retreating somewhat earlier in the spring. Even so, Northern Hemisphere snow extent has enjoyed long-term growth during the past 60 years during the fall and winter seasons.

The Times’ article is particularly ironic considering the many snowfall records that have been set in prime ski regions during the past year. North Lake Tahoe, which is home to several of the best ski slopes in the country, enjoyed a record 18 feet of snow last month. Yosemite National Park set a snowfall record, also, last month. Even further south, Mammoth, California set snowfall records as recently as May, 2019.

Sorry, New York Times, skiing is not endangered and objective scientific data show powdered ski slopes are increasingly easy to reach.

James Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland’s Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.

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Tom Halla
January 8, 2022 2:09 pm

The New York Times climate coverage is on the same basis as their Trump/Russian collusion reporting. It is what their readers want to believe.

David Kamakaris
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 8, 2022 2:38 pm

The NYT motto:
If the news fits, we’ll print.

Bryan A
Reply to  David Kamakaris
January 8, 2022 3:51 pm

Back in 2000, didn’t Leading CRU Climate Prognosticator David Viner chime in with…
Within a few years, snow will become a Rare and Exciting Event?
Seems like Gaia doesn’t read CRU papers nor follow the half baked truths of Climate Prognosticators

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Bryan A
January 8, 2022 4:37 pm

Within a few years, snow will become a Rare and Exciting Event?

Already, accurate reporting is a rare and exciting event.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 9, 2022 4:15 am

If I was in my teens or early twenties, I would say “unprecedented“…

TonyG
Reply to  David Kamakaris
January 9, 2022 12:34 pm

And if it doesn’t fit, we’ll make it up.

griff
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 9, 2022 1:02 am

See also: ‘Watts Up’

SxyxS
Reply to  griff
January 9, 2022 8:30 am

Snow is a thing of the past ,just as polar bears and arctic ice.
Aren’t they Edward?
Now tell me one thing boy.
Are you really this stupid to gather for so many years so many informations
that prove that AGW is nothing more than glorified off-the-mill events presented as unique apocalyptic sensations and still believe in this warming crap
or are you a Troll?
I hope you are a Troll otherwise it would mean the human race is cursed .

TonyG
Reply to  Tom Halla
January 9, 2022 12:34 pm

It’s getting to where you can count on reality being the opposite of what the media is saying.

Scissor
January 8, 2022 2:10 pm

It’s certain that skiing will outlast the NY Times.

RickWill
January 8, 2022 2:18 pm

Snow cover in the northern hemisphere will increase over the next 10,000 years. The current cycle of glaciation began in 1585; the last time perihelion occurred before the austral summer solstice.

The boreal summers have an upward trend in sunlight while the boreal winters have a downward trend. Land masses are cooling more in the boreal winters. Within the current millennium, the ice will begin to accumulate again..

Greenland is the current model for much of Northern Europe and Canada as the northern winters get cooler. The ice will become thick enough on elevated ground that it does not melt from year-to-year, meaning its elevation increases. It is always cooler than the adjacent oceans and advection ensure the moist air from oceans will deposit accelerating level of snow.

Now only 400 years into an 11.000 year winter cooling phase but it has started.

See - owe to Rich
Reply to  RickWill
January 8, 2022 2:39 pm

I thought the theory was more that boreal summer is at a low ebb, so while it may be starting its slow rise, its lowness is enough to bring on extra glaciation in the NH. It will be about 6,000 years before the boreal summer insolation is above “average”.

Richard Thornton
Reply to  RickWill
January 9, 2022 5:52 am

Within the next ten years “science articles” will read: While the consensus was that increasing CO2 would lead to global warming scientists now agree with a 97% consensus that CO2 has lead to global cooling and we need a carbon tax and to eliminate all use of fossils fuels within the next seven years of face dire consequences of . . . “

2hotel9
January 8, 2022 2:21 pm

Skiing certainly is endangered! Leftarded morons are destroying the travel industry, without cheap, easy travel no one will be skiing. Just. That. Simple.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  2hotel9
January 8, 2022 3:22 pm

Don’t you know that battery-powered cars are ideal for skiers? After sitting all night they won’t be able to take the skiers home — they can ski as long as they want.

RicDre
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 8, 2022 3:53 pm

Most years I make a 3 hour drive to nearby ski resort around Christmas time. That trip normally takes about three hours, but there have been times when parts of the trip have been in very cold, white-out conditions and the trip has taken 6+ hours. My 4-wheel drive ICE-powered SUV made those trips on one tank of gas with no problems. That trip in an EV would be on the edge of a one-charge trip under the best conditions, and I can’t imagine searching for a Charging Station in white-out conditions and to have to wait for who-knows how long to find an open station and wait for the car to charge..

The ski resort has one charging station and in the 15 years I’ve gone skiing there, I’ve only seen it used once. Mostly its a prime parking space that goes unused as only EVs that are being charged are allowed to park there.

MarkW
Reply to  RicDre
January 8, 2022 4:17 pm

EV batteries can’t be charged when they get down close to freezing.

RicDre
Reply to  MarkW
January 8, 2022 5:02 pm

I thought EV battery packs had a heater to keep them warm. If not, you could just light a fire under them to warm them up…that should work out well :-}

Dave Fair
Reply to  RicDre
January 8, 2022 6:01 pm

While I think EVs are useless for general applications, engine block heating schemes seems to imply battery heating schemes are possible. I agree that I wouldn’t light a fire under any vehicle. Schemes that use the battery’s internal power to heat it is obviously limiting.

Hivemind
Reply to  Dave Fair
January 9, 2022 2:29 am

In World War II, the Germans would light a fire under the engines of their tanks and trucks to melt the oil enough that they could be started.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  RicDre
January 8, 2022 9:34 pm

Or they just might light a fire under themselves!

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  RicDre
January 8, 2022 11:09 pm

But how does the battery-pack warmer get the power to warm the battery?

joe
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
January 9, 2022 5:44 am

But how does the battery-pack warmer get the power to warm the battery?

pixy dust

RevJay4
Reply to  joe
January 10, 2022 7:07 am

unicorn farts add the extra zest for quicker warming…

Leo Smith
Reply to  RicDre
January 9, 2022 2:00 am

EV batteries get warm when being charged.

rhs
Reply to  RicDre
January 8, 2022 5:00 pm

You’ll have to spend the night to get enough of a charge to get home. This in turn will help the economy by forcing you to spend money you didn’t intend to spend.

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  RicDre
January 9, 2022 4:14 am

Your resort is up in the mountains? Couldn’t you charge by just rolling down…

2hotel9
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 9, 2022 4:42 am

And when they get cold they can just set the battery on fire. The benefits are endless!

Joao Martins
Reply to  2hotel9
January 9, 2022 4:20 am

Yes.

But you forgot the most important factor: danger.
You may break bones when skiing.
You put yourself in risk.
Zero danger! Precautionary principle: if you may break bones, thaen it will not be allowed.

So skiing will be forbiden for your own sake. To protect you from your risky (foolish) behavior.

Reply to  2hotel9
January 9, 2022 9:37 am

It seems that Sierra skiing is going gangbusters since so many people are ‘working from home’. Traffic and crowds are as bad as they’ve ever been and mid week is busier than in past years. Most of the traffic comes from the Bay area and even $5/gallon gas, Omicron running rampant and lift tickets in excess of $200/day don’t seem to be keeping those who want to ski from going skiing.

2hotel9
Reply to  co2isnotevil
January 9, 2022 10:02 am

NYT is wrong as usual. Places here in PA are all busy, too. Even with the warm weather early on.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  co2isnotevil
January 10, 2022 7:51 am

I have noticed with everyone “working from home” it’s very crowed at the stores and the roads are much more congested during business hours. I can’t help but believe that productivity is up.

Scissor
January 8, 2022 2:26 pm

Just have to have faith in that forecast.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1479534865036943361

Rud Istvan
January 8, 2022 2:32 pm

22 years after Viner opined ‘Children won’t know snow’ NYT repeats the lie.

Mr.
Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 8, 2022 3:20 pm

YRemember a decade or so ago the managers of Heathrow airport had discarded much of their snow clearing equipment and other winter resources based on “expert” advice that blizzards etc were a thing of the past?

Then as sure as winter follows fall, the airport had to be shut down for days because –
“all runways snowed in”.

You can’t make this stuff up.
.

Mr.
January 8, 2022 2:42 pm

If the NYT really wanted to panic their oh-so-progressive readers, they should instead refer to diminishing snow as a growing shortage of “white powder”.

(snort, snort – BOOYAH!)

Doug
January 8, 2022 2:43 pm

Once again the New York Times , a former newspaper, is 180 degrees off, and retains its championship in fake news

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Doug
January 8, 2022 3:26 pm

The NYTs should be subjected to routine fact checking by a bi-partisan panel. News is too important to be left to innumerate liberal arts graduates.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
January 9, 2022 9:21 am

But, what to do with unemployables as McDonalds is going automated?

Paul
Reply to  Doug
January 9, 2022 4:21 pm

Rush had it right when he tagged them…. The New York Slimes

John in Oz
January 8, 2022 2:48 pm

I look forward to Twitter and Fakebook declaring this as false information then de-monetizing the NYT.

John the Econ
January 8, 2022 2:51 pm

I have yet to be able to ski this season because it’s either been too cold or too much snow.

The real threat to skiing is escalating cost and crowded lift lines.

Mr.
Reply to  John the Econ
January 8, 2022 3:08 pm

Yes, I only ski now in “goldilocks” conditions –
calm, clear sunny day;
following a fresh snowfall;
not a weekend;
not school holidays;
all lifts operating.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Mr.
January 8, 2022 6:04 pm

Isn’t retirement (or independent wealth) wonderful?

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Mr.
January 9, 2022 9:29 am

Same here. Heading to CO to stay with college buddy who lives in Avon. Ski midweek for 3-4 hrs each day. Stay inside when its nasty.
Last year the nose patrol (mask enforcers) at bottom of lift lines was a bit onerous. Even skipping chairs! Really, how close together do they think chairs on a lift cable are?
The length of your skis guarantees more than 6′.

John the Econ
Reply to  Mr.
January 10, 2022 10:41 am

Me too, only non-weekend/holiday, temps no lower than teens, and after an inch or two of new snowfall. I can deal with no sun or snowing as long as not too windy.

Scissor
Reply to  John the Econ
January 8, 2022 4:34 pm

At least you haven’t been turned into a Popsicle.

Steve Case
Reply to  Scissor
January 8, 2022 6:19 pm

WOW

Makes one wonder if their local ski hill has procedures in place to rescue people stranded on malfunctioning lifts.

Read the comments on You Tube, it’s amazing the number of media whores trying to secure rights to the video.

John the Econ
Reply to  Scissor
January 10, 2022 10:38 am

No, that’s never happened to me. Insane how they kept stopping the lift with people directly under the fountain. Hope that limp guy was okay. Lawyers are going to be busy on this one for some time.

Mickey Reno
Reply to  John the Econ
January 9, 2022 4:32 am

Your statement reminded me of that famous quote from Yogi Berra about a famous eatery in NYC. “No one goes there any more. It’s too crowded.”

If lift lines are crowded, Big Skiing is happy.

There must be a Laffer curve for a resort maximizing its revenues based on lift ticket prices and the number of customers willing to pay.

Joel
January 8, 2022 3:22 pm

Skiing is mainly a white sport, most on the amateur level and professional level.
And, it has a large carbon foot print.
It should be banned, along with fossil fuel.
BTW, are the ski areas going to go green?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Joel
January 8, 2022 3:39 pm

Whistler BC, a world famous ski resort, declared a climate emergency a couple years ago but strangely they didn’t close down or cease advertising to attract more skiers from around the world all of whom arrive by fossil fuel transport.

I’m not very smart, but this seems…….hypocritical?

Is that the right word?

Mr.
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
January 8, 2022 4:31 pm

Pat, most of the organizations, businesses etc declaring a “climate emergency” are just playing the “yeah whatever” response to the urging of the “concerned” crowd.

In reality, they then progress to doing –
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the declared “emergency “.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Joel
January 8, 2022 6:05 pm

Why downvote (probable) sarcasm.

Joel
Reply to  Dave Fair
January 8, 2022 7:02 pm

After I write something sarcastic, and re-read it, frankly I can’t tell anymore.

Rocketscientist
Reply to  Joel
January 9, 2022 9:31 am

<sarc> maybe useful

Dave Fair
Reply to  Rocketscientist
January 9, 2022 10:39 am

<sarc> use by me would imply I devalue the wit of my target audience.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Joel
January 9, 2022 10:36 am

A sign of great sarcasm! It isn’t good sarcasm unless one must work to discern its meaning even when used by oneself.

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave Fair
LdB
Reply to  Dave Fair
January 8, 2022 9:35 pm

Yes I thought he had it spot on a bunch there are plenty of woke hypocrites who like to fly their private jets for a week skiing.

Last edited 7 months ago by LdB
tommyboy
Reply to  Joel
January 8, 2022 7:42 pm

Like all “socially conscious” businesses ski resorts are saying all the right things about climate change and “going green”.
https://protectourwinters.org/

John the Econ
Reply to  tommyboy
January 10, 2022 10:44 am

One of my favorite local ski areas participates in this lunacy.

So basically, they expect me to drive nearly 100 miles each way to a mountain in a remote location where nobody could exist if it were not for the ample supply of inexpensive fossil fuels, suit up in my high-tech ski gear which are products of high-tech manufacturing from all over the globe, and then be transported up a mountain over and over again for no better purpose than my personal recreation, except that this time I’ll be doing it in the name of fighting “climate change”, which if taken the least bit seriously would ultimately mean eliminating 100 mile drives, high-tech manufacturing, and self-indulgent personal recreation.

If these people honestly believe that human behavior is solely responsible for climate change and wish to be personally responsible for it, they really have no excuse for promoting or engaging in a sport like skiing.

To add to the irony of it all, for the last two seasons I’ve been doing a bit less skiing than usual, because of the excessive cold we’ve been having in the region.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Joel
January 8, 2022 11:11 pm

They go green in late Spring.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Joel
January 9, 2022 4:27 am

Right!

I hypothesised that it will be forbiden due to the possible self-inflicted eventual damage suffered by skiers that would maybe perhaps break bones. But you spotted another point of view, no less interesting!

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Scissor
Reply to  Joel
January 9, 2022 8:48 am

Not true. A lot of runs are green, and there are lots of blacks at most resorts. In fact, the blacks will be you up if you don’t know how to ski. (Stolen from Kevin Nealon).

Peter
Reply to  Joel
January 9, 2022 5:26 pm

BTW, are the ski areas going to go green?
In spring they go green. When the snow melts and the grass starts to grow. 🙂

John the Econ
Reply to  Joel
January 10, 2022 10:43 am

One of my favorite local ski areas has an event for an organization called “Protect our Winters”, which wants people to take action against “Climate Change” so that winter won’t go away.

So basically, they expect me to drive nearly 100 miles each way to a mountain in a remote location where nobody could exist if it were not for the ample supply of inexpensive fossil fuels, suit up in my high-tech ski gear which are products of high-tech manufacturing from all over the globe, and then be transported up a mountain over and over again for no better purpose than my personal recreation, except that this time I’ll be doing it in the name of fighting “climate change”, which if taken the least bit seriously would ultimately mean eliminating 100 mile drives, high-tech manufacturing, and self-indulgent personal recreation.

If these people honestly believe that human behavior is solely responsible for climate change and wish to be personally responsible for it, they really have no excuse for promoting or engaging in a sport like skiing.

To add to the irony of it all, for the last two seasons I’ve been doing a bit less skiing than usual, because of the excessive cold we’ve been having in the region.

Don’t get me started on Robert Redford & his celebrity resort.

Tom.1
January 8, 2022 3:29 pm

“It is difficult to get a man (or newspaper) to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

gringojay
Reply to  Tom.1
January 8, 2022 4:35 pm

Tom Wolfe had a 22 page essay in Harper’s magazine back in 2000 titled “In the Land of the Rococo Marxist”. He wrote: “… I once heard … ‘[a]n intellectual is a person knowledgeable in one field who speaks out only in others.’ …”

Editor
January 8, 2022 3:34 pm

The latest high snowfalls are surely a perfect advertising opportunity for the ski resorts. All they have to do is to advertise on media not controlled by GAMA (Google, Amazon, Meta, Apple). That’s GAMA not MAGA, I think I’ve seen MAGA used before for something else.

The Indomitable Snowman, Ph.D.
January 8, 2022 3:48 pm

One of my all-time favorites in this genre is this one:

“SHUMLIN: Any reasonable scientist will tell you that we’re going to rise anywhere between another two and three degrees in the next 30 years. That means that New Jersey’s climate is moving to Vermont in the next decade. That has tremendous implications in our economy’s ski, maple-sugar making, leaf-peeping and the list goes on and on. So we are — I at least am — looking at this with a major sense of panic.”

http://www.marketplace.org/2007/04/18/sustainability/when-theres-less-white-green-mountain-state

April 18 2007. March 2017 featured the largest March snowfall in state history. Ski industry was busting record after record – as someone else noted, over-reaction to covid is what has done harm to skiing.

Mr. Lee
January 8, 2022 4:21 pm

The line “Skiing is an endangered sport, caught between a warming planet and a global pandemic.” indicates to me that ski areas are struggling due to leftist lockdown policies promulgated by the likes of the NYT, so they are trying to deflect and obscure the blame to “muh clmate change.”

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Mr. Lee
January 8, 2022 11:15 pm

No, they are trying to link CAGW / CCC to the pandemic, and link the authoritaian response to COVID to a (hoped-for) authoritarian response to climate change.

Bob
January 8, 2022 5:09 pm

Why on earth does anyone put any stock in the New York Times?

Gunga Din
January 8, 2022 6:56 pm

Aside from the “our kids won’t know what snow is” thing, I seem to recall a past claim, because of one year of little snow, about lack of snow due to “the usual suspect” would shut down the ski industry. (5, 10 years ago?)
The next year, no problem.

Rick C
January 8, 2022 7:00 pm

My son is a avid skier here in Southern Wisconsin. We don’t have mountains, but there are quite a few large hills with ski lifts and decent runs. He skied this year already before Thanksgiving even though there was no natural snow on the ground. It was cold enough to make snow and the local hill has been open since late November. We now have about 8 inches on the ground and all the ski runs are open with bases of 2 feet or more. Last summer the local ski hill opened for season ticket holders on July 4th and they were able to ski on a run that had snow preserved with reflective tarps and insolation.

By the way, I can’t imagine an activity less likely to spread Covid than skiing – unless of course you’re talking about those “skiers” who hang out all day at the chalet bar.

Kevin Seel
January 8, 2022 8:38 pm

What a bunch of BS, we have a record snow pack in the west of Canada right now. In Alberta I started skiing on Halloween and will ski til the end of May in the Rockies. The only reason I stop is that I’m tired of the cold and just want to ride my bike for a few months.

Leo Smith
Reply to  Kevin Seel
January 9, 2022 2:07 am

Ah, your personal experience is anecdotal. Scientific evidence is that whereas you are drowning in snow, everywhere else is utterly devoid…</sarc>

It’s all very Alice Through the Looking Glass: ‘Jam every other day, never jam today’…

buggs
Reply to  Kevin Seel
January 10, 2022 10:32 am

Norquay and Sunshine both set records last year for most days open; not sure about Louise, probably the same. But those records are for the history of those resorts. Sunshine opened in the late 1920s I believe, Norquay similar. I can certainly accept that snowmaking likely has extended seasons relative to the early history but you still have to have cold to make snow.

Geoffrey Williams
January 8, 2022 9:59 pm

Not at all surprising just another lie . .

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Geoffrey Williams
January 9, 2022 12:01 am

Lies and more lies
Here in the Alps, there’s massive snowfall and in the pyrenees the main danger right now is TOO MUCH snow! Too much = high avalanche risk

I am looking fwd to several days of the best conditions in years, before Mr Macretin introduces yet more measures to make open air sport impossible for people (“emmerder”) those who don’t want that experimental so called vaccine stuck in them.

Steven Kardas
Reply to  pigs_in_space
January 9, 2022 8:56 am

The stupidity has no limits I will tell you. Last ski season we were forced to wear the ridiculous masks in the lift lines in the great outdoors at 10,000 feet for our “safety” in sub zero weather. The result was everyone’s goggles icing up inside and out from our breath being directed into the goggles. In those conditions they will not defrost. When we get off the lift we were in magnitudes more danger of severely injuring ourselves and getting killed not being able to see anything, than harm from contracting the “virus”. You just can not make this stuff up.

griff
January 9, 2022 1:02 am

NY is right: in other parts of the world they are desperately trying to hang on to the glaciers which are part of their skiing destinations…

Swiss residents are wrapping glaciers in blankets to keep them from melting | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  griff
January 9, 2022 1:36 am

nobody skis on glaciers- it’s gonna take a lot of blankets to cover ANY glacier-
but one person in that article says to cover Greenland with reflective material

“a glaciologist with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, began advocating for covering sections of the Greenland ice sheet with reflective material as early as 2009.

sure, that’s seems feasible- anyone wanna guess how many blankets would do the job?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  griff
January 9, 2022 6:24 am

They are desperate to cash in on the “glaciers are disappearing” scam.

pigs_in_space
Reply to  griff
January 9, 2022 9:48 am

WTF have you ever been in the alps??
Griff the “never been there” expert

Ed Zuiderwijk
January 9, 2022 1:27 am

The same nonsense is peddled in Europe about the snow cover in the Alps. A tearjerker for those poor French ski resorts having to resort to artificial snow. But just today’s snow fall: Alp d’Huez 6 inches, Grand Serre 4 inches, Auris 5 inches. And remember last year Austria declaring a state of emergency because of the massive amounts of snow ….

Anthony Banton
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
January 9, 2022 7:23 am

Touting snowfall for “today” is weather not climate …..
(I am a skier of some 43 years) All Alpine bar one 2 week hol to Colorado.

https://tc.copernicus.org/articles/15/1343/2021/

Linear trends of monthly mean snow depth between 1971 and 2019 showed decreases in snow depth for most stations from November to May. The average trend among all stations for seasonal (November to May) mean snow depth was −8.4 % per decade, for seasonal maximum snow depth −5.6 % per decade, and for seasonal snow cover duration −5.6 % per decade. Stronger and more significant trends were observed for periods and elevations where the transition from snow to snow-free occurs, which is consistent with an enhanced albedo feedback. Additionally, regional trends differed substantially at the same elevation, which challenges the notion of generalizing results from one region to another or to the whole Alps. This study presents an analysis of station snow depth series with the most comprehensive spatial coverage in the European Alps to date.”

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
January 9, 2022 9:51 am

Wait a min!
Alp d’Huez is the highest resort in the alps and the last one to close!
I always try to ski there in may cos it’s 1/2 price and free parking!
da ya know what you are on about?

Bruce Cobb
January 9, 2022 2:26 am

Remember when ski areas always had just the right amount of snow – not too little, and not too much?
Me neither.
Now, when the snow is a bit sparse, it’s due to “global warming”, and when there’s too much, it’s “climate change”. Heads they win, tails we lose.

Steven Kardas
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 9, 2022 8:41 am

Last season we got a lot of snow very early, and I mean ridiculous amount of snow in November. Once again our liberal local doom and gloom paper actually, quote: “Warned” us reader’s “not to get our hopes up” for the ski season because ….you know…..global warming is going to ruin it and the trend is Blah, blah, blah….. They just could not bring themselves to tell us to be optimistic because that runs against the narrative. These journalist have mental problems, they really do. They are praying, hoping for the worse, for every issue or situation.
They are sick in the head.

Steven Kardas
January 9, 2022 6:08 am

I live in the Mountains of idaho and Wyoming. Our ski area was a little late opening this year and the local liberal paper had an editorial titled the “The New Normal” , it will never snow enough again , skiing is finished, give up, it’s global warming etc… The only comment they left out that it was President Trumps fault. Well its been snowing relentlessly,(as it always does every year) all sorts of traffic accidents and closures. The ski area has received 255″ of snow and the snow base is approaching 10 feet deep and it keeps snowing. Any editorials in our paper about it ? No, of course…..

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John Hultquist
January 9, 2022 8:13 am

The Weather God has a sense of humor.
There is so much snow in the Washington State Cascades that the roads to the ski slopes are closed.
In related (one of several) news stories:
Roslyn man rescued from roof avalanche, apartment building evacuated | KOMO (komonews.com)

Walter Sobchak
January 9, 2022 8:55 am

The NYTimes is now what it has been for the last century — A hard left propaganda sheet devoted to the triumph of communism. Almost a century ago they sent Walter Duranty to Moscow from which he spouted propaganda covering up the crimes of Stalin and the Soviet terrorists. They have continued to promote communism ever since. Communism is now racism, transsexualism, and warmunism, and the NYTimes continues its agitprop efforts on behalf of the hard left cause.

Last edited 7 months ago by Walter Sobchak
Kramer
January 9, 2022 10:19 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if snow skiing is on a list of unnecessary things humans do.

I bet scalping trees from the sides of mountains is on the their banned list.

Jon R
January 9, 2022 11:09 am

$50 of my epic pass goes to the save the snow foundation every year I write them and tell them how freaking idiotic they are.

Steven Kardas
Reply to  Jon R
January 10, 2022 6:34 am

Wonder where the money really goes ?

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 9, 2022 11:12 am

This stratospheric intrusion looks like an Arctic bomb.comment image

michael hart
January 9, 2022 12:52 pm

Tangentially, from the BBC, more terrible news from Pakistan: “A tourist trapped in her car for hours by unprecedented snowfall in Pakistan has described how she “saw death” in front of her as she waited for help.”
I actually had the pleasure of going through this place on the bus in ~1986. Very pleasant relief from the lowland heat.

Graemethecat
Reply to  michael hart
January 10, 2022 10:28 am

Yet the Beeb keeps telling us that snow is a thing of the past due to Global Warming…

Gordon A. Dressler
January 9, 2022 5:39 pm

Hmmm . . . seems like I heard nearly identical alarmism quite a while ago:

“According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia ,within a few years winter snowfall will become ‘a very rare and exciting event. ‘Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,’ he said.” https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2010/12/global-warming-hysteria-2000-english-children-will-not-know-snow-2010-oops-nevermind

Of course, Viner’s “just a bit outside” prediction was made back in calendar year 2000, some 22 years ago, which interestingly is at the lower limit of the time range defining a “generation”. That is, of course, somewhat longer than “a few years”.

I suspect Ms. Lauren Jackson, author of the above-referenced article in the New York Times, was in kindergarten at the time of Viner’s prediction and that she never learned to do fundamental background checking for facts prior to writing pablum for public consumption.

Last edited 7 months ago by Gordon A. Dressler
RevJay4
January 10, 2022 7:02 am

“NEW YORK TIMES” is all a person needs to know when perusing articles. As soon as that pops up, my bs alarm goes off like the klaxon on a diving submarine. Then I move along to some more credible source not acting as the propaganda arm of the left.

January 10, 2022 4:43 pm

Here in Quebec, in recent years there has been a lot of new investement in ski centers. Are all of these investors stupid?.

marlene
January 21, 2022 11:15 pm

I don’t read the NYT. I’d rather have my news reported, not faked.  

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