Temps in the forties and rain are forecast for Princeton, Mass this holiday weekend. The ski resort there wishes it would snow instead. So far this season, ski visits at Wachusett Mountain are down almost a third. Just seven runs are open. One of them is appropriately named... Indian Summer.
Mild temperatures and lack of snow are draining New England's multi-billion dollar winter recreation industry. If the warming trend keeps up, some worry it could force ski resorts and other ventures out of business... changing the region's wintertime culture for all time.
WBUR's Business and Technology Reporter Curt Nickisch examines how a popular ski destination for Massachusetts residents — New Hampshire — is faring with the fair weather.
This program aired on January 12, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.