A disturbing trend has defined the way we talk about winter over the past decade. No, it’s not selfie sticks or rising tickets prices that has the ski community worried, but rising temperatures. While the drought is mostly responsible for the meager snowpack we’ve seen on West Coast mountain ranges in recent years, there is no denying that the storms we have seen are warmer, often resulting in rain at lower elevations including the base areas of local hills.
“I’ve spent my life in the mountains and in doing so I’ve seen a change. By 2005, I became really concerned with the changes I was seeing,” said Jeremy Jones, professional big mountain snowboarder and founder of Protect Our Winters.