2015 and 2016 were the warmest years since it keeps recording (UN data and NASA). Climate change is no longer a future's supposition, but a present phenomenon. The transition from one habitat to another forces society to adapt it self (resilience), to move (migration) or to resist, impressing artificial mutations on the environment.
This work explores the RESISTANCE of the community to this epochal change, through the lens of MONTANO WINTER TOURISM. In the mountains the climate change is most extreme, and most evident are the subterfuge implemented to resist it. By telling a local case, we observe a global phenomenon.
The Dolomites (Italian Alps north-eastern), are part of the natural UNESCO World Heritage site since 2009 and an attraction which calls millions of tourists every year, representing a resource that supports the entire surrounding area (Trentino Alto Adige part of the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia). With rising temperatures we witness a shift of the winter season, with a strong shortening of the period of natural snow - once from November to April, now in January / February to late March. There is no more a white Christmas, but green.
To avoid an economic, social and cultural collapse (the end of an economic sector and migration of population from mountains to flat land) Public Administration and private reacted rebuilding artificially the "WINTER".
The ski Dolomites (Dolomiti Superski), one of the largest Worldwide, provides for artificial snow in the 1200 km of slopes and is able host up to 630,000 skiers per hour. Despite the absence of natural snow, in recent years the tourist flow has actually increased.
From November to March the Dolomites, like other mountain regions, changing skin, turning the breathtaking views in ideal backgrounds for a huge park of artificial SNOW.