Can Utah’s ski industry survive climate change?
A variety of other factors are also cause for concern when it comes to snowfall in Utah’s mountains. Climate scientists say that temperatures are rising in Utah but that we’re also experiencing less dry years on average, which both contribute to the danger of avalanches as the snow rapidly melts. Meanwhile, University of Utah research has raised the alarm about dust storms from a drying Great Salt Lake — and how that dust can cause snow to melt earlier than usual.
A panel of scientists — and Olympic athletes — tackle the question: Can Utah’s Ski Industry Survive Climate Change? Speaking on the panel: McKenzie Skiles, assistant professor in the University of Utah’s Geography department.