Climate expert: New England ski resorts vulnerable

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014

Those low snow years cost the northern New England — Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine — 1,700 jobs and $108 million in economic activity, the report says.

Northeast resorts have pumped millions of dollars in low-energy, high-efficiency snowmaking equipment after a dismal season in 2011-2012. Even some cross-country ski resorts, including six in Vermont, have turned to the manufactured stuff to bring in skiers.

"It's a balancing act for not only the environment but also the physical and mental health of us, of people in the Northeast," said Michael Hussey, director of Rikert Nordic Center at Middlebury College. "We have long winters ... and just being able to get outside and do something that's active, and the things that we love, I think, is really important to our bodies and our psyche."