In the media: Ski resorts are worried about the climate crisis, but experts say pledges to reduce carbon emissions don't factor in tourists' flights

Monday, December 13, 2021

Skiers and snowboarders spend a lot of time and money travelling to resorts. Experts say their flights are contributing to global warming and the reduction of snow seasons in many parts of North America.

Daniel Scott
Water Institute member Daniel Scott, professor, University Research Chair and Director of the Master of Climate Change Program, has been publishing research on the impact of the climate crisis on tourism and the ski industry since 2003. Scott's research has shown the risks to the ski industry include less and more inconsistent natural snow, more snowmaking requirements, and costs as well as shorter seasons.

"Air travel is the most significant area of warming in the tourism system," he wrote in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism in a paper published on August 12.