Ski Club vs. Global Warming

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Ski Club vs. Global Warming
Every year, members of the CHS ski club gear up on select Fridays to hit the slopes of Mountain Creek Ski Resort. Coach Sheppard heads the club, organizing several ski outings throughout the snowy weeks following winter break. Students are comfortably driven to the mountain where there they have unlimited freedom across Mountain Creek’s three peaks. Whether it be fearlessly confronting the near-vertical alpine blacks or testing out their tricks at the park, skiers and snowboarders alike enjoy endless exhilarating adventure and excitement throughout their nights on the powder.

This year, the club has attracted new members across all grade levels and membership has peaked. The amount of ski trips planned for 2016 has increased from last year and excitement could not be greater. Up through winter break, forms were signed, payments were completed and the schedule was planned: all was going smoothly. Sadly, however, the recent warmth of this 2015-2016 winter has melted most hope from ski club’s hysteria.

A few weeks ago, temperatures were 20-30℉ warmer than normal in the Northeast. On Christmas, moderate temperatures stayed near 64℉. Still, in January temperatures have been drastically fluctuating, dipping down to the mid 20℉s before rising up again into the 40-50℉s. Many account these freakish temperatures to El Nino, complex weather patterns resulting from varying ocean temperatures along the Equatorial Pacific. To be clear, El Nino is not a tropical storm. Instead, it is part of an oscillating weather cycle that describes the fluctuating temperature between the ocean and atmosphere. El Nino is nothing new, as it has always affected the Eastern Coast. Rather, this year’s cycle is seemingly more prolonged and unusual than usual, causing the South to be cooler, while the North warmer.

Of course, many will accost this variation in weather to global warming. Rising temperatures seems like a fitting result of this radical yet controversial issue. Still, it is difficult to pin El Nino’s strange patterns to the ominous global warming. Regardless, members of Ski Club are bummed to feel the soft touch of winter. The first outing scheduled for January, Friday the eighth was cancelled and students are expecting many more to be unless a change in weather is evident. Temperatures are still to warm for Mountain Creek to blow any substantial amount of snow, and jetting heat waves will ruin its accumulation anyways. Rather than bundling up and challenging the snow, students are now unsure how to actively partake in nature’s curveball. Hopefully, our planet figures out a way to gift the Northeast the comfort of snow sometime this winter.