Protect Our Winters found that in low snow years, reduced participation in snow sports cost 17,400 jobs compared to an average season. PHOTO: Franklin Towers
Protect Our Winters found that in low snow years, reduced participation in snow sports cost 17,400 jobs compared to an average season. PHOTO: Franklin Towers

695,000 Winter Sports Jobs at Risk Due to Climate Change

New data and infographic series shows how climate change will affect the ski industry

A new infographic series "Changing Conditions: How Climate Change Will Affect the Ski Industry" built with data from Protect Our Winters’ 2018 Economic Report provides a digestible view of the role winter sports plays in our nation’s economy.

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According to the study, the winter sports industry generates $72 billion annually and supports nearly 695,000 jobs--all of which are at risk due to rising global temperatures that reduce snowfall and shorten the winter season.

The infographic below is the first in a series being produced by produced by Justin Sienkowski and Joe Manni for Skis.com.

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Changing Conditions - How Climate Change Will Affect the Ski Industry Part 1 Infographic