Monthly Archives: April 2015

Warming winters and shifting mountain resort economies

The severe drought afflicting the Sierra Nevada will inevitably end, as droughts have before. But warmer temperatures? Probably not. How do ski resorts create economies based on winter rain? Continue reading

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British Columbia skiing and climate change

The ski industry trade association in British Columbia recently convened a meeting to share insights about how to develop ski areas with climate change in mind. Continue reading

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Runoff two months earlier in Sun Valley by 2070

Snowpack in the Wood River Valley, where Sun Valley is located, currently peaks on about April 1. But as temperatures rise and winters shorten, say climate scientists, the peak snowpack could occur in February by 2070. Continue reading

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Restoring train service to Winter Park

From 1940 to 2009, almost without interruption, trains delivered skiers from Denver to Winter Park. Following an experiment in March, Winter Park and Amtrak hope that Union Pacific will approve a permanent use of the tracks for weekend ski trains. Continue reading

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Reflections on passing of a long-ago friend after the new South Carolina shooting

Danny Smith chided me for smoking and, unlike me, graduated from college on time. But one night, confronted by a cop, he bolted into a backyard and never emerged. Like the man who fled a policeman in South Carolina. Continue reading

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Reasons for energy optimism and caution

Stanford University’s Sally Benson talks about what drove the great success of solar, the exciting promise of battery storage, the uneven progress of carbon capture and storage, and the concept of net energy, which finds that wind energy produces far more than is required in front-end inputs. Continue reading

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Just add water and the Colorado River

Reservoirs on the Colorado River continue to drop after another so-so snow year, pointing to the need for new water management principles from eastern Colorado to the river’s delta in Mexico. Continue reading

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Vail to offer organic skis, snowboards

With organic and natural food at its 40 on-mountain restaurants, Vail Resorts now will expand its offerings to include sale and rental of organic skis and snowboards branded under the name Naturally Corny. Continue reading

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