Global Warming Fact or Myth?

The mainstream media has painted a pretty bleak picture of snow conditions in Europe this year.........

 

This year will not be remembered for the fantastic snow conditions, more for the lack of snow conditions. Or so the mainstream media would have us believe with their continued frenzy on global warming.

 

Not only have these reports instilled a lack of confidence in the Alpine resorts of Europe but the resorts of US and Canada have taken them to use as a marketing opportunity already enticed by the weaker dollar of late.

 

The TRUE story of this years conditions since Christmas? It has been warmer in the valleys and the snowline has fluctuated between 3000 and 6000 feet which is bad news for the lower resorts in Austria and Germany but of no real consequence to a resort such as Courchevel.

 

We skied at New Year and the whole of the Three Valleys area was open and we could ski right back to our apartment in 1550. We skied again at the end of January and apart from the off piste being limited at the beginning of the week we had conditions that were usual for the time of year.....a foot of fresh snow fell mid week so we were then able to sample some off piste.

 

We are not denying global warming has long term effects but how can it be responsible for radical changes from one year to the next? There are great seasons, average seasons and poor seasons for snow...this year started as the later and could even finish as the former. 

 Resorts that are most likely to survive global warming and remain snow-sure include Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe, Courchevel and Meribel. This is not the first time that Europe has suffered bad winters - the Alps got barely any snow from 1988 to 1990 - and yet it has gone on to enjoy some fabulous seasons in terms of snowfall, most notably in the winter of 1999/2000, I know I spent the season in Courchevel that year and we skied back into Le Praz (1300m) from the 10th December right up until mid April.

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