Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: Manufacturing snow | May 03, 2017

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A black spinning globe appears next to the caption "TVO Climate Change Shorts."

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam has curly brown hair and wears glasses, a gray jacket and a mottled black turtleneck sweater.

She says WELCOME TO
CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE
WE EXAMINE THE LOCAL
IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
SHORTER WINTERS ARE
CREATING CHALLENGES
FOR SKI HILLS IN
THE PROVINCE.
THEY'VE HAD TO INVEST IN
MORE SNOW-MAKING EQUIPMENT
AND EXPAND THEIR WARM-WEATHER
ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO
MAKE UP FOR THE AFFECTS
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
WE VISIT BLUE MOUNTAIN
TO FIND OUT MORE.

An aerial view shows an image of a snow-covered town on a mountain top.

The caption changes to "Lindsay Ayers. Director of Environmental planning, Blue Mountain."

Lindsay is in her forties, with short straight blond hair and wears ski gear.

She says DOES AFFECT BLUE MOUNTAIN
AND ITS BUSINESS,
SO WE'RE CONSTANTLY
LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES
TO INVEST IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
SO WE'VE BEEN FOCUSING
A LOT ON OUR SNOW-MAKING
INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOOKING
AT INVESTMENTS OR NEW
TECHNOLOGIES THAT ALLOW
US TO MAKE SNOW AT WARMER
TEMPERATURES TO HELP US
THROUGH THOSE TIME FRAMES
WHEN THERE'S MORE VARIABILITY
IN THE TEMPERATURE.
AND THAT INFRASTRUCTURE
IS ACTUALLY A WIN-WIN
BECAUSE NOT ONLY CAN
WE MAKE SNOW IN WARMER
TEMPERATURES, BUT IT'S
ACTUALLY MORE EFFICIENT
EQUIPMENT AS WELL THAT
ULTIMATELY REDUCES OUR
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
AND THE GREENHOUSE GAS
EMISSIONS ASSOCIATED
WITH IT.

The caption changes to "Chris Lewis. Vice president of operations, Blue Mountain."

Chris is in his forties, with a graying beard and he wears ski gear.

Chris says THE WEATHER'S
DEFINITELY BEEN VARIABLE.
OUR WINTERS HAVE
BEEN CHALLENGING.
WE'VE HAD EXTREME
COLD TO WARM WEATHER,
WHICH DEFINITELY MAKES
IT A CHALLENGE TO KEEP IT
ALWAYS CONSISTENT.
BUT OUR INVESTMENT INTO
THE SNOW-MAKING TECHNOLOGY,
OUR INVESTMENT INTO
ATTRACTIONS KEEP OUR GUESTS
ENTERTAINED AND BUSY
REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER.
SO EVEN THOUGH THERE'S
NOT SNOW OUT IN THE CITY
OR OUTSIDE OF THE SKI HILL,
WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO
MAKE SNOW AT DIFFERENT
TYPES OF TEMPERATURES.
AND THE INVESTMENT
ALLOWS US TO MAKE SNOW
AT WARMER TEMPERATURES.

The caption changes to "Kevin Forget. Travel promotions officer, Ontario Tourism."

Kevin is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with very short light brown hair. He wears a gray zip-up jacket.

He says BECAUSE OF THE
CHANGING CLIMATE,
NO MATTER WHAT ATTRACTION
YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN THE
PROVINCE, YOU ALWAYS
HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ADAPT,
MAKE SURE YOU OFFER
SOMETHING ALL YEAR LONG.
MAKE SURE YOU STILL
GET THE TOURISTS TO COME
AND ENJOY YOUR ATTRACTION NO
MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER IS.

Chris says WE HAVE ON-HILL
ATTRACTIONS THAT CONSIST OF
ROPES COURSES, ZIP LINES,
MOUNTAIN BIKING, SEGWAY TOURS.
WE GOT SOMETHING CALLED
A BAG JUMP, WHICH IS
A STUNT BAG THAT YOU
CAN FREE FALL INTO.
WE ALSO HAVE OUR
PLUNGE AQUATIC CENTRE.
AND WE HAVE ON-HILL
PROGRAMMING AND CAMPS
FOR KIDS IN THE WINTER
AND IN THE SUMMER.

Lindsay says CLIMATE CHANGE
IS A REALITY FOR US
HERE AT BLUE MOUNTAIN,
AND WE HAVE A VARIETY
OF ATTRACTIONS THAT
WE'RE INVESTING IN
THAT THEY CAN DO,
ULTIMATELY, YEAR ROUND.
SO THAT ADAPTABILITY
OF OUR BUSINESS IS
VERY IMPORTANT TO US,
AND IT'S SOMETHING
WE WILL CONTINUE TO
FOCUS ON IN THE FUTURE.

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