South America Ski Areas Struggle for Snow
10th August 2021
Last modified on August 15th, 2021
Parts of the Andes are seeing little fresh snow according to a report from the Reuters news agency.
“We are seeing a process of long-term decrease in precipitation, a mega-drought,” Ricardo Villalba of the Argentine Institute of Snow, Glacier and Environment Science Studies told Reuters.
“If you look at the precipitation levels right now for the entire Cordillera [Andes range], they show that it has either not snowed at all or has snowed very little.”
Scientists are attributing the snow drought to climate change and claim it is part of a decade long drought and decline.
Most ski resorts in Argentina and Chile have re-opened after Covid-19 restrictions, but many are relying heavily on snow management and artificial snow.