Mammoth Mountain is one of the snowiest ski resorts in the U.S., but with the climate changing, the future of winter sports looks bleak.
Someday, our grandkids may look back at all this—the high-speed lifts, the manmade snow, the perfectly groomed corduroy, the opulent base developments and second homes—like some Gilded Age, a time when you could make money and have fun in the mountains, and nobody worried about the consequences.
Photo By John Lemieux
In good times, ski communities borrow and build like mad. Then the economy turns south or the snow doesn't come—or it comes, but at the wrong time of the year—and the party ends in spectacular fashion.