Climate Expert Says New England Ski Resorts Vulnerable

Feb 6, 2014

Credit John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

A climate scientist says ski resorts in the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are not well poised to survive at the end of the century as the region sees warmer winters.

Elizabeth Burakowski, a researcher with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said that to be profitable, resorts must be open 100 days a season and during holidays and have snowmaking technology.

She spoke at a symposium Thursday at the Vermont Law School on the impacts of climate change on the winter sports industry.

She said Vermont resorts are less vulnerable because many are at higher elevations and have invested in new snowmaking technology.

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