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Can Utah's Ski Industry Survive Climate Change?

  • Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons) 260 South Central Campus Drive, Suite 2018 Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 (map)

Utah is well known for the greatest snow on earth. Utah’s snowfall has been instrumental in growing the state’s tourism and ski industries, hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics, and even securing the American Olympic Commission’s bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics. However, climate change threatens the long term stability of Utah’s ski industry and some ski locations in the United States are forecast to have 50% shorter ski seasons by 2050 due to higher temperatures and lack of snow.  Join our panel as they discuss what can be done to combat climate change and protect Utah’s vibrant ski industry.  

  • Dr. McKenzie Skiles, University of Utah Geography Department

  • Maura Olivos, Alta Environmental Center

  • Leah Lange, University of Utah Ski Team (Nordic)

  • Jackie Wiles, Olympian, U.S. Ski Team

  • Dr. Peter Veals, Research Scientist, Department of Atmospheric Science (Moderator)

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