Down Snow Years are Brutal on New EnglandBy Michael Frank on December 12th, 2012
The Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters study that came out last week has started to trickle through to individual states looking at what the numbers mean locally…and it isn’t pretty. In New Hampshire the math adds up to $54 million in lost revenue. The University of New Hampshire researcher Elizabeth Burakowski says “When we looked at this study, we did find that we see about a 17 percent difference in skier visits for good snow years versus bad snow years.” Burakowski’s research formed part of the basis for the report issued Thursday that challenges lawmakers to take action to curb climate change and that focused very specifically on the dollars and the jobs. In New Hampshire Burakowski says winter tourism industry employed nearly 8,000 people in 2010. And this winter? The hope is that although it’s been scant on snow from the skies, cold nights have enabled enough snowmaking to see a bump in early skier numbers and, consequently, dollars. Via NHPR.
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