The costs of climate change continue to add up for Western outdoor tourism and recreation. This week, Lake Tahoe resort Heavenly Mountain released extensive plans to overhaul its slopes to accommodate more frequent low-snow conditions from climate change. The announcement came just weeks after a team of researchers found that many past winter Olympics sites — including Squaw Valley and Vancouver — will be unable to maintain enough snowpack for future games by 2050.
For the sake of our snow, our favorite winter pastimes, and our growing outdoor tourism economy, we need to combat climate change at every level, from personal lifestyle changes to municipal initiatives, federal clean air programs and international agreements. Climate action can’t wait.