Protect Our Winters
Winter athletes from around the world are encouraging Australian skiers and snow resorts to help fight climate change.
The Protect Our Winters campaign was kicked off at the Mount Buller and Thredbo ski resorts by American Chris Davenport, a two-time World Extreme Skiing Champion.
The launch follows modelling from the CSIRO which shows ski seasons could be cut by 80 days by 2050 due to climate change.
–I can’t provide a link as I’m blocked from accessing the CSIRO report due to them noticing “unusual traffic” coming from my network.
–I’m not saying a word.
Mr Davenport, who skis for up to 150 days a year, said he was already seeing the impact of a warming planet.
“The thing that I’ve seen is that things are just less predictable,” he said.
“What used to be typical for snow in certain areas now is just unpredictable.”
So a professional skier, and prominent member of Protect Our Winters that skis for ‘up to 150 days a year,’ hasn’t actually reported a lack of snow.
Historical documentation shows us again and again that during times of prolonged solar inactivity the climate becomes unpredictable.
And it happened in 2017: below average snow-depths for the first half of the season and then record-breaking snowfall from early August onward — aka “The Blizzard of Oz”.
The Australian Ski Areas Association — a non-profit industry body representing Australian Ski Area owners and operators — said it has already prepared for less snowy winters.
ASAA CEO Colin Hackworth said snow machines were now efficient enough to make up for the lack of snowfall.
“Snowmaking has filled that gap and actually improved it, and in some of our resorts operating dates since 1979 have actually increased between six and 10 per cent,” he said.
Mr Hackworth admitted that snowmaking did require a lot of natural resources such as water and electricity, but said resorts were working to reduce their carbon footprint as snowmakers became more efficient.
–Again, I’m not saying a word.
But I will display this Australian Snow Depth Chart 2008-2018 from Mountainwatch:
Mountainwatch add that the last data point on the graph for 2018 was taken last Wednesday on July 25.
Since then there’s been an additional 20+ cm’s fall, so the snow depth will be deeper, likely sitting at 2008 levels (light blue).
I’m predicting an even harsher “Blizzard of Oz” event to end the season, taking 2018 totals above 2017’s and up towards the 300 cm mark.