If you are just about to don your salopettes for another ski season, then you are not alone. Latest research from MINTEL finds that around 1.34 million Brits will take to the slopes this year, up 13% on 2003 figures. But the ongoing problem of climate change means an uncertain future for the ski industry. Indeed, lower-lying ski resorts are already experiencing changes in weather conditions, with many seeing little or no snow fall in recent years. And the effects are plain to see. Abondance in France closed its ski runs last year, with an estimated 20 other resorts in this region also on the brink of closure. Meanwhile, closer to home, the Scottish ski industry is also struggling with scarcer snow.

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