Ski the Backcountry vs. Riding Lifts

Powder day - Waiting for first chair

'There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.' That saying applies to skiing and snowboarding as well as time-share condo seminars. Peter Frick-Wright discovered as much in his attempt to reduce his carbon footprint (snowprint?) by snowboarding in the backcountry. Peter rode a train to 'see whether I can ride the rails to a near-zero-emissions vacation'. Unfortunately, Peter wasn't able to avoid car trips to the trailhead and he got a crash-course in backcountry ski safety too.

Can the Vancouver Winter Olympics be Carbon Neutral?

Rock Cairn in snow

The modern Olympic Games are a showcase for athletic competition and for the city and country that host them. Vancouver, British Columbia will host the 2010 Winter Olympics and the organizing committee (VANOC) is going all out to present their city at its best.

Everyone Jump Upon the Ski Train!

Rio Grande Scenic Ski Train

Get your boot bags together, go bring your ski friends too, ‘cause its getting nearer, it soon will be with you. Yes, the Denver to Winter Park ski train is returning on December 27, 2009. Now called the Rio Grande Scenic Ski Train, the train departs from Union Station in Denver at 7am, arrives at Winter Park at 9:15am. The return trip departs Winter Park at 4:15pm and arrives at Denver at 6:30pm. The ski train will run through March 28, 2010 with a weekend schedule in January, adding Thursday and Friday service in February and March.

Going the Extra Step ... to Copenhagen

Alison Gannet in London, England

Getting your point across often requires taking the extra step. Sometimes you have to take several thousand extra steps, just ask Alison Gannett. She is hiking 250 miles from London to Brussels to make the point that Climate Change threatens the existence of snow and glaciers across the planet. To drive her point home, Alison is hiking with a pair of skis strapped on her full backpack!

Need a Lift?

WWII Car Club poster

When you go skiing how do you get to the mountains? If you can take a bus or train to the mountain, that's great! Unfortunately, for many of us there simply isn't any public transit to the closest ski resort. Speaking for myself, every time I go skiing I drive to the local ski area. Since driving is my only practical option - I carpool to the mountain.

Fischer Skis produced with 100% Renewable Power

Fischer Sports Biomass Plant

Austria-based Fischer Sports GMBH has fully converted their ski production to run on renewable power. While their Austrian plant has been powered by biomass since 2001, now their larger facility in Mukachevo, Ukraine is run by a 5.5 MW biomass-fueled power plant. The Ukraine plant was built using state-of-the-art engineering and features the necessary filter systems. This represents a major contribution from Fischer towards achieving the Kyoto environmental objectives.

The Snow Code

I Heart Snow

Very simply, climate change is threatening the future of snow sports. Those of us who love skiing and snowboarding should be reducing our carbon footprints today to slow down climate change.

This is a challenge to skiers and snowboarders, let's be the change we want to see in the world. Take the Skier's and Snowboarder's Snow Code challenge and save the snow for yourself and the future.

The Snow Code:
Because I love winter and sliding on snow covered mountains I am working to reduce the effects of Climate Change and preserve snowy winters for the future by taking these steps:

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