A recent survey performed by Summit Economics shows Steamboat Resort in Colorado is better prepared for climate change than most other resorts. Tourism-related businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, were all sent a survey asking about their procedures for mitigating the future impacts of climate change. The results were presented Tuesday night during the City Council’s work session.
The council focused on the shortening of Steamboat’s ski season due to precipitation, as well as how the resort’s altitude can act as a buffer against warming temperatures. Wildfires were also a big topic, as a shorter winter season means there is a greater threat of fires during the summer. These fires can cripple Steamboat’s economy and tourism industry, as well as increase the potential for flood damage, water quality degradation, and erosion.
The council agreed that wildfire mitigation is their number one priority due to the immediate threat to the city. The survey results showed 76% of businesses agreed to adapt to changing conditions, as well as use shoulder seasons to expand their tourism industry. Many businesses agree summer tourism is just as important as the winter, and outdoor-related nonprofits can help bring awareness to visitors about the changing climate.