A new report warns Victoria’s snow seasons could be over in as little as 30 years if climate change continues at the current rate.
The state government’s report warns by 2050 the days each year of good, natural, snow cover could be in the single figures for the state’s biggest alpine resorts.
Smaller, lower altitude resorts such as Lake Mountain and Mt Baw Baw might only have 10 yearsleft while Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Falls Creek could have another 20 to 30 years.
Climate change is bringing warmer and drier winters to the state, with mountain resorts relying on artificial snow.
The report, by SGS Economics and Planning, is the result of more than a year’s research and consultation.
Researchers warns that climate change will be influenced by global efforts to contain it – which are hard to predict.
Just yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology released its 2018 winter outlook, predicting warmer and drier than average weather across most of Australia.