You know something's a big deal when it needs an international conference. The year 2003 saw the very first International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism.
Ski hills around the world have been closing in recent years because of rising temperatures and too little snowfall. The ski hills that are still operating face shortened ski seasons and make do with machines that make snow.
Ice skating, outdoor hockey, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, the luge, sledding, snowshoeing, and extreme sports such as ice climbing are all at risk.
Climate change won't hurt just cold weather tourism — islands that lure people to the beaches each winter need to be thinking about rising sea levels and storm surges, and how those changes will affect their infrastructure. Coral-reef tourism could change or even cease, and the tourist season in certain countries could shift.
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If you are thinking about getting started with snow boarding then it really does not have to be as difficult as you are probably imagining. For a start, you can be sure that whatever you are planning to do you can be sure that as soon as you hit the slopes you will almost certainly enjoy yourself.