The things we lose are often replaceable. But what happens when we lose winter? While average temperatures rise in the appalachians, snow is one of many things at stake. Scientists already predict global warming trends that could potentially lead to the collapse of winter tourism economies, specifically in the ski industry. Jobs, livelihoods, and careers, have reached a tipping point. Despite growing concerns from local ski owners, winter outfitters, and mountain communities, there is a climate change proof mountain hiding in plain sight.
32° is a twelve minute film that examines the economic impact of climate change on the southeastern ski industry. By doing so, the film also explores the potential future of skiing at a synthetic snow mountain, Liberty Snowflex. But even Snowflex, a solution to the problem, raises questions about artificiality in a sport that relies on natural variability.