LINCOLN, N.H. — Just a few inches of snow had fallen in central New Hampshire, but a week after Halloween, skiers were schussing down the slopes of Loon Mountain Resort.
It was the earliest top-to-bottom opening ever for Loon, aided by tehcnological advances that have allowed ski resorts to make snow faster, more efficiently, and at higher temperatures than ever. Such advances are becoming critical to the region’s ski industry as climatologists predict warmer winters and less frequent snowfall. One dire forecast predicts that more than half of the 103 resorts in the Northeast will be out of business over 30 years if global temperatures rise as expected.
As a result, equipment manufacturers are investing millions to advance and adapt their technology to a warmer world. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.