The term “weatherproofing” is used to describe the efforts of ski resorts in Canada and the rest of the world to offer alternative activities to their visitors in an attempt to not lose customers due to climate change, which is increasingly making snowfall during the winter less reliable.
As climate change threatens fresh snowfall in ski and snowboarding resorts across Canada, more and more resort owners are looking to weatherproof their resorts so that they can earn revenue all year round. The most prominent efforts that has received positive feedback by visitors was the weatherproofing done by the renowned resort Whistler Blackcomb, in British Columbia. The plan to make the resort weather independent is going to cost $345 million, but the early warning signs that have not been taken lightly by those in the industry prompted the resort to take the necessary actions to weatherproof the resort.
There are two ways in which ski resorts can approach the growing problem of climate change, the first one if to keep the rooms empty during the summer season. The second approach is to expand the season so that ski lovers are able to visit the ski resorts throughout the year. One of the ways in which resort owners are working to weatherproof their facilities is by including other indoor adventure activities that the visitors can enjoy. This includes, wave and surf simulators, caves, waterslides and rope swings. There has also been a focus to bring the outdoor activities, such as skiing and snowboarding under cover.
All these efforts are being taken by Canadian ski resort operators so that they can keep their customers entertained during the summer seasons and even when Mother Nature does not co-operate. Dry-slope skiing is also being used along with artificial ski slopes as a way of “weatherproofing” the ski-resorts.