“The alps are warming three times faster than the global average.”
“75% of European resorts will no longer be snow-reliable by 2100.”
“European glaciers have lost half of their volume since 1850.”
“Snowfall in the French Alps has decreased 2 feet between 1960 and 2007.”
“Experience and measurements show that what we nowadays think is a really really good winter is true for the last 10 to 20 years. But it’s nothing compared to what our measurements say used to be in the decades before.” – Christoph Marty, Climatologist with Swiss Federal Research Commission for Snow & Avalanche, Davos
What is the future of snow in the Alps? At this point, it’s clearly uncertain. What we do know is that there have already been some big changes. Change will likely be the constant and change in this direction is not what skier and snowboarders will applaud.
“DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow, written by Features Editor Porter Fox, is a book about skiers, written and produced by lifelong skiers, with a message that reaches far beyond the slopes we draw inspiration from. It covers a sport that has inspired millions and the mountains and snowfall that make it possible. It is not a tale of the end. It is a beginning – a reminder of how dynamic and fulfilling the skiing life is. And a wake-up call regarding what needs to be done to save it. DEEP published last week, so you can find it online. Or read an adaptation from the book in our December magazine.“ – Powder Magazine