The Last Winter

“The Last Winter” by Porter Fox

It’s fall in Jackson Hole, time to start thinking about skiing and snow and what winter will bring. Will it be epic? Anemic? Given the effects of climate change, will it be at all?

A snowless winter is tough to think about, so writer Porter Fox does it for us in his latest book, “The Last Winter.” In visits to four locales with teams of scientists, powder hounds and folks whose way of life depends on snow and ice, Fox lays out some grim realities of what the world might look like as its cryosphere dwindles and, quite possibly, disappears. His reporting ranges from the clinical and statistical — the pace at which glacial ice around the world is retreating, the meticulous measurements being taken to connect diminishing snowpack to more frequent megafires in the West — to the personal, including his own relationship with snow and how its disappearance might affect the life of his young daughter.

Contact Richard Anderson at 732-7078 or

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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