Climate Futures is working with Victoria’s Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council to support critical decisions about future investment in ski resort infrastructure.
To complete the project, the team developed fine-scale climate projections for the Victorian Alps to the year 2100 at a grid resolution of 5 kilometres.
The simulations account for the influence of fine-scale meteorological processes, including the influence of the complex topography of the Victorian Alps and wide range of regional climate influence .
The model provides daily projections for mean temperature, precipitation, snow depth and season length at all of Victoria’s popular ski destinations.
These projections have been combined with detailed visitation and demographic data gathered by the industry, to assess potential impacts on visitor preferences.
Commercial operators at Victoria’s world class ski fields are using the information to inform long term investment, marketing and infrastructure decisions.
Victoria has six officially designated Alpine Resorts, which lie in the east and northeast of Victoria. They are a significant recreational and tourism destination, immersed in the nationally significant Australian alps landscape. These alpine resorts are visited by more than one million people annually and in winter generate $570 million in Gross State Product and approximately 5,800 jobs. The alpine resorts are a major contributor to the State’s economy and to their surrounding regions, where much of the economic benefit and many of the jobs accrue.