Monday, February 19, 2007
De Kijk van Van Dyck: 'Black snow'
Europe's ski slopes are endangered. The problem, experts say, is global warming—and it's going to get worse. About 10% of the 666 medium-to-large ski areas in the Alps "are already operating under marginal conditions" because of insufficient snowfall in recent years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says in a report released Dec. 13. Within 15 years, one-quarter of the region's ski areas will be unable to offer reliable skiing conditions, the OECD says, and by 2050 the number will rise to almost 40% (BusinessWeek).
The ski industry in the Alps will have to adapt to these changing circumstances. Clever hotel owner are already moving their focus to wellness arangements.
Read all about it in this week's column.