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The quest for snow: Adaptation strategies of alpine skiing destinations in Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography. Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4919-4462
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography. Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8134-5999
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography. Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies.
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Abstract [en]

The impact of climate change is considered one of the major challenges that the winter sport tourism industry faces today. Sälen, one of the major skiing destinations in Sweden, is situated in the southernmost part of the Swedish mountain range and is therefore one of the most vulnerable destinations when it comes to the effects of climate change. The aim of this paper is to examine and discuss adaptation strategies to climate change that have been implemented in Sälen, with a special focus on increased snowmaking. We discuss snowmaking in relation to alternative adaptation strategies such as increased summer tourism, and relate the adaptation strategies encountered in Sälen to how destinations in the Austrian Alps, which have warmer temperatures, have approached the situation. Those that we interpret as adaptation strategies are mainly focused on maintaining the mass touristic character of winter sports destinations and even extending the production of downhill skiing. These strategies of adaptation and development demand continued intensive snowmaking and an even accentuated quest for snow. However, Sälen is trying to overcome its dependence on downhill skiing as its sole and dominant activity. The strategy of developing summer tourism is problematic, however, not least in relation to the parallel advance in increased snowmaking. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borlänge: Högskolan Dalarna, 2013.
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Working papers in transport, tourism, information technology and microdata analysis, ISSN 1650-5581 ; 2013:24
Keywords [en]
winter sport touirsm, Sälen ski resort, Austrian Alps, snow making, mitigation
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Human Geography
Research subject
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis, Från ekonomisk bakland till global nöjesperiferi? Bedömning av turismens roll för hållbar utveckling av Arktiska områden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13261OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13261DiVA, id: diva2:664360
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchAvailable from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-14 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved

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