Ski area officials in the West know they will lose up to 25% more of their snowpack between now and 2050, after suffering through 20% losses already in a decadeslong drought.
Through snowmaking from local river water and isolated geographic luck, Colorado ski areas have managed so far to avoid devastating impacts from climate change and drought. But their margin to keep doing so is thinning.
Copper Mountain believes the industry needs to push back on climate change, one seed at a time.
The Summit County resort has committed to an academic study of its slopeside reseeding efforts using hardy local plants, hoping to put solid numbers to assumptions that ski trails denuded of carbon-eating trees can still contribute to carbon sequestration by growing the right flowers and grasses.
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