How big a threat is climate change to Victoria’s snow industry?
RISING average temperatures, increased rainfall, and unpredictable weather patterns - there’s no doubt that certainty of a decent snow season is waning in the 21st century.
The ongoing threat of climate change delivers a poor prognosis to those invested in alpine environments.
But closer examination of the figures shows tourism continues to thrive, despite lesser surety of snowfall.
According to statistics from the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council, Mt Buller and its naturebased counterpart, Mt Stirling, have seen over 320,000 tourists driving through the gates since opening weekend in early June until end of season in mid September (2016).
In some weeks, the mountains saw a 75 per cent increase in tourism from the previous year.
While 2016 brought a healthy dose of snowfall to the alps, it’s no indication this year will spell out the same prosperity.
Relying on the attraction of snow is not enough and Mt Buller’s management board and staff have devised a strategy to counteract the threat of the industry is under.
Louise Perrin, environmental services manager at Mt Buller and