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Study: Warming World Could Hurt Winter Sports Industry

By Valerie Smock
February 7, 2013; 9:00 AM ET

According to a study for conservation groups, winter sports could be in jeopardy. If the climate continues to warm, the sports may be no more. Valerie Smock has the details.

Snow is an important part to winter sports. Just imagine skiing down a mountain in Colorado or Washington or Maine on grass. It isn't most ideal conditions.

Snow is the lifeline to the $12.2 billion winter sports industry. That plug could be pulled if the climate doesn't get its act together, according to a new study prepared for conservation groups.

Members of the National Resources Defense Council are insisting people reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fix the issue. They say the emissions are part of the major problems for a warming climate, thus a lack of snow.

It's already been warm. 2012 had some of the warmest weather in years. The conservation groups says it could get worse.

They claim winter temperatures could rise an additional 4 to 10 degrees by the end of the century. Snow depths and snowpack in the West could also decline.

What does this mean for the future of skiing, ice fishing or snowshoeing? According to this conservation group, if we have a warm 2013, the sports could be in jeopardy.

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