Ed Driscoll

Downhill Racer

Or, ride the incline!

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Like most people, Ed Perry can’t feel the climate warming, but he has noticed one detail over the years that tells him it’s happening – he’s had to switch to unwaxed cross-country skis.

“My skis recognize that climate change is happening,” said Perry, an outreach coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation’s Global Warming Campaign. “We are creatures of catastrophe. We wait until things are in dire straits. And if we wait until we are in dire straits on this one, it will be too late.”

Perry was the first to speak among a panel of outdoor recreation officials and industry members he gathered to Wilkes University on Friday to discuss the impact of climate change on Pennsylvania’s outdoor options.

The lack of snow is a bigger problem for Barbara Green, the president of Blue Mountain Ski Resort. “Climate change is going to decimate our industry,” she said. “The models I’m seeing, in 25 years, we may not have any ski areas.”

Ted Danson could not be reached for comment.