Carbon Footprint

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Calculating and Reducing your personal CO2 emissions

The Blue Bus Is Callin' Us

Blue Bus - RTD Mountain Trail

For many years 'mass transit' to our local ski area consisted of thumbing a ride at the 'Hitching Post' at the bottom of the road up the mountain. While effective (if hard to schedule) for one or two people, it didn't work for groups heading up. For the past few months there has been another option called 'The Blue Bus'. Early reports were dubious, but ridership has been building and the Mountain Trail Blue Bus looks like a success.

Leave it in the Ground

“That coal has to stay in the ground. You can’t make the math of climate change work if you get the huge coal deposits of the Powder River Basin out and pour them into the atmosphere.”
  — Bill McKibben, author, scholar and environmentalist

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Momenta Film

Don't Buy Junk

Hugh's Jacket

My friend Hugh lost his jacket a couple of winters ago. That jacket had a lot of history. It came back to him and Hugh still wears it.

Life is a long journey. Choose gear that lasts.

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Worn Wear – The Stories We Wear

There, I Fixed It!

Think Sustainable, Buy Durable



Hey ski resort. Let's talk about CO2

Hey ski resort. Let's talk about CO2

Hey, ski resort. I know we haven't seen much of each other for a few months but the mornings have been getting cooler and I was thinking about you. I want us to be together every winter, but we need to talk. I love the great times we've had together but we can't keep going on like we used to. We could talk about the weather all the time: When will it snow? How much? Will it be light, fluffy powder or a heavy, wet blanket of snow? But things have changed and I'm worried about our future. We need to talk about CO2 and climate change.

Get Committed to Winter

Eye Heart Snow

At the risk of sounding old - Winter isn't what it used to be. Not to say that winter weather was 'dependable', but it has become less consistent recently. This winter has been unsettlingly warm from New York city where the Winter Jam Canceled Due to Lack of Winter to Ski Resorts Without Snow.

Operators are Standing By (for comments on TSV Master Plan)

TSV EIS Alternative 2 Partial Map

Slowly but surely the Taos Ski Valley 2010 Master Development Plan progresses. The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Taos Ski Valley's 2010 Master Development Plan - Phase 1 Projects was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2012. A 45-day comment period began the day after the publication date of the NOA (the Comment Period ends February 27, 2012).

Say No to Disposable

Amagerforbrænding trash incinerator and ski park

You and your favorite ski area have a problem and that problem is trash. First, trash on ski slopes is shameful. Littering fouls the same mountains that we are privileged to ski and board. Trash is also a problem as ski areas must haul away piles of boxes, bags and wrappers to landfills. Even if your ski area is built over a trash incinerator, the trash you throw away has a carbon footprint coming and going from the snow.

Skiing Is Where You Find It

Not every ski trip is to a big mountain.

Haute Route du Richmond Park from Will Armitage on Vimeo.

Turns are turns and a day skiing is better than a day sitting on the couch. Thanks to Will for the fun video of a great day skiing in London's Richmond Park.

Does Taos Deserve a 'D' on Expansion Plans?

Hiking the Ridge at Taos Ski Valley

Can a ski area grow and be green? Must a ski area expand to remain competitive and attract skiers and boarders? Does proposing a development plan make a ski area less environmentally friendly? These aren't rhetorical questions, they apply to ski areas worldwide. For example, Taos Ski Valley has presented a 10-year Master Development Plan to the Forest Service. As Taos Ski Valley operates on Forest Service land the public is invited to comment on the development plans. So, here are a few of mine.

Think Sustainable, Buy Durable

Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do

Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving in the US is infamous for early-morning sales and hordes of shoppers. If your plans for Black Friday include a tactical shopping mission - I have a suggestion. Buy Durable Stuff. Whatever it is you shop for, choose products that are made to last. For a product to be sustainable it must also be durable. Now, how do you find well made, durable stuff?

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