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Save Our Snow

In 2006 Powdr commissioned the first-ever comprehensive scientific study looking at the effects of global warming on the climate at Park City Mountain Resort and the community of Park City, Utah. The results of this study—presented at a community-wide meeting on January 9, 2007—were both frightening and clear: if carbon emissions remain as they have over the past several decades, by 2075 the climate in the Park City area will be cool enough to support an all-winter snow pack at only the highest reaches of Park City Mountain Resort, or from approximately 8,500 to 10,000 feet above sea level, cutting the resort’s skiable/ridable terrain by as much as two-thirds

Powdr followed up Save Our Snow I with a second climate change study in 2009, this time focusing on the economic impacts the resort and town would suffer as a result of the forecasted diminished snow pack. Save Our Snow II’s findings were as alarming as the first study: by as early as 2050 the potential economic impacts of a retreating snowpack could be as high as $392.3 million in lost output, $66.6 million in lost earnings and 3,717 lost jobs.

(The updated Park City Climate Change Study, a white paper on Global Cooling written by the same consulting group that did the Park City Climate Change Assessment and a summary of temperature trends are available for download in pdf format.)