CRESCENT, Ore. -- The Willamette Pass is opening up this weekend after a new report predicts climate change and warmer weather could cause drastic cuts to revenue for winter sports in the Northwest.
According to the National Climate Assessment done by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, money from winter sports could see a 70 percent loss in the Northwest because of climate change.
KEZI 9 News spoke with Tim Wiper, who has owned the Willamette Pass since the 80s. He said last year was hard for his business after they only opened up for three days because of a lack of snow.
Wiper said part of the skiing business is relying on Mother Nature to do her part, which is out of his control.
"We've got to have snow. It's all dependent on snow. If we don't have snow, we can't operate. If we do have snow, we have some of the best skiing in the state, probably the best skiing and views in the world,” Wiper said.
Wiper and his staff are grooming the slopes and plan on opening up this weekend from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. but will only open up the lower half of the mountain because there's still not enough snow.
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