Colo. groups: 'Oddball' weather endangers skiing

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Colorado's $2 billion winter sports industry and millions of acres of forests are threatened as climate change causes "oddball winter weather" in the state, business and conservation leaders said Tuesday.

Bark beetles have been able to infest about 3 million acres of pine trees in Colorado without long bouts of subzero weather to kill them, said Joe Duda of the Colorado State Forest Service.

Shorter winters and warm weather that brings rain rather than snow spell big trouble for Colorado's ski areas, said Auden Schendler of the Aspen Skiing Co.
Aspen Skiing has taken steps to become more energy efficient and help cut fossil fuel emissions, which produce greenhouse gases and heat the atmosphere, Schendler said.