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Olympic Gold Medal Nordic Skier Featured In ESPN Magazine Body Issue

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Each year ESPN Magazine publishes its Body issue that features athletes posing nude as athletic and taseful human bodies and this year one of the models will be Jessie Diggins, the Olympic gold medal cross country skier at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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From Climate Change To POW

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In 2007 Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine on the mountain. (Jiminy Peak)

Seeing the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont and learning about the ravages of Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria to say nothing of the heat waves and the fires on the nightly news, I was struck by the rapidity and rise in extreme weather events.

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Resorts Across Nation Work To Combat Climate Change

Resorts Across Nation Work To Combat Climate Change

A 2.3kW solar installation at Aspen Highlands ski patrol headquarters. (Aspen Skiing Company)

During the past couple of decades, a majority American ski and snowboard resorts have come to embrace that climate change is a reality – and a threat to their futures.


Evidence of resorts engaging the principles and practices that reduce fossil fuel use and carbon footprint can be found at many venues and in many ways. Low-energy snowmaking is spreading, as is on-mountain recycling, car pooling priority parking and biofuel use.

Here’s SnoCountry’s sampling of some of the green projects at U.S. resorts:

Sugarloaf. The northern Maine resort has gone all in to reduce its footprint, including revegetation to reduce erosion and composting at area restaurants that produces “black gold” soil used on the Sugarloaf Golf Course.

Cranmore. New Hampshire resort added its first electric/diesel groomer snowcat to supplement a fleet that has been burning biodiesel for a decade. New condo project will heat and cool with efficient electric pump systems.

Crystal Mountain. The Michigan resort got recognition for carbon-reducing LED lighting in parking lots, and its high-speed Crystal Clipper chair that runs solely on wind power credits.

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Stevens Pass. All the lift cables at the Washington mountain are lubricated by non-petroleum castor oil, and management actively seeks out “green” vendors for its food and beverage services. Snowmobiles burn low-sulfur diesel, and operate as much as possible during off-hours.

Squaw Valley. Can’t buy bottled water at the California resort; instead, you can fill up water bottles at refill stations for free.

Many say the future of skiing-riding in America depends upon reducing carbon use (Protect Our Winters/Facebook)

Aspen-Snowmass. The Colorado resort complex chose a political route in addition to e-efforts. Partnering with Protect Our Winters, all employees wear the organization’s patch, and resort officials lobby hard for local, regional and national climate change awareness and action.

The National Ski Areas Association lists 200 U.S. resorts that have signed on to its Sustainable Slopes program – and more than a dozen have received money for “green” projects through the program.



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It’s Show Time In Boston: Ski & Snowboard Expo Rocks Out Through Sunday

Boston Ski Show SnoCountry BoothThe party starts now at the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo. It’s the place to be if you love winter in the Northeast and are ready to celebrate all the fun we are going to have on the slopes this year. 

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Industry Groups Ask Members To Support Climate Change Letter To President

A-BasinSnowsports Industries America (SIA), the Ñational Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Protect Our Winters (POW) have teamed up on a letter to President Barack Obama urging action on climate change in anticipation of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November. 

 

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75 Winter Athletes Send Letter To President Urging Climate, Energy Action

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A wide-ranging group of winter sports athletes including Olympians, X-Games and world champions have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging action on his promise of climate change efforts.

 

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