Department or Program

Environmental Studies


Since the first winter I learned to ski in 2004, 20 years of time has exposed 200 years of environmental change that has instigated 50 years of climatic change. Winter tourism, ski towns, ski corporations, family-owned ski hills, local businesses, and local people of alpine communities have a large task at hand. In a state that sits next to one of the fastest warming bodies of water in the world (the Gulf of Maine), a community that relies on consistent snowpacks will require broad adaptation to fit in with a more destabilized future. This paper analyzes two avenues for anticipating and planning for the future, and highlights how those differences can have a significant impact on the success of Western Maine as it pertains to declining snowpacks and a changing climate. We discuss the culmination of both local findings with broader ecological information to draw interpretation of the future of winter tourism in Western Maine.

Level of Access

Restricted: Embargoed [Bates Community After Expiration]

First Advisor

Raluca Cernahoschi

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Components of Thesis

1 pdf file


Available to Bates Community via local IP address or Bates login on Wednesday, February 12, 2025.