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How to Ski Green

September 3rd, 2009 by skigreenguy | Comments Off | Filed in Green Ski Transportation, How to Ski Green, Ski Vacations
Skiing the deep at Aspen?

Skiing the deep at Aspen?

“Alpine skiing” and “living green” do not seem compatible. Flat land skiers jet across the country, rent SUVs, and drive a few more hours to mountain homes or condominiums. While they sleep, snow guns blast a fresh layer of snow and legions of snow cats prepare thousands of acres of groom slopes. That’s a lot of greenhouse gas just to escape New Jersey for a week.

So how can an individual skier reduce the carbon emissions of this sport? (more…)

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Local Ski Areas Benefit From Economic Downturn

February 23rd, 2009 by skigreenguy | 1 Comment | Filed in Ecotravel, How to Ski Green, Ski Vacations, United States
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Rediscovering the local hill

What does the economic downturn mean for skiing? Love your locals. While you might see miles of empty condos in Vail or Big Sky this year, some smaller resorts located nearer to a population base are enjoying record numbers. High-priced trips to destination resorts are out. Daily or weekend trips to resorts closer to home are in. And, as always, deep snow can trump location and the economy. (more…)

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Get Out of the Car and on the Train: Ski Vacations to Colorado and Montana

December 11th, 2008 by skigreenguy | 1 Comment | Filed in Green Ski Transportation, How to Ski Green, Ski Resorts, United States

Never traveled by train in the United States? It’s a great break from overstuffed planes and airport waiting lines. RMA Travel and Tours offers Amtrak train packages to ski resorts in Colorado and Montana. Serving Colorado resorts including Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, as well as Whitefish Resort in Montana.

Just Another Amtrak Line to Whitefish

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Keystone Announces Carpooling Incentive Program

December 4th, 2008 by skigreenguy | Comments Off | Filed in Ecotravel, Green Ski Transportation, How to Ski Green, Ski Resorts, Ski Vacations, United States

Keystone Resort announced last Wednesday a new carpool incentive program that encourages skiers and riders to drive together to the popular Colorado ski resort. Skiers and riders who arrive at Keystone Resort with four or more people in a car will be able to park in a premier parking section in Keystone’s Montezuma Parking Lot which is a short walk to the new River Run Gondola.

“As one of the closest major resorts to the Front Range, Keystone chose to develop a program that encourages carpooling among our guests to our Resort. This program will help alleviate congestion on I-70 and also help protect the environment,” said Pat Campbell, Chief Operating Office of Keystone Resort.

Demonstrating that sustainable alternatives can be more convenient than current solutions, the premier parking is available on a first-come, first served basis and will be open for guests everyday throughout the ski season. Keystone parking attendants will direct any car that meets these requirements to the close-in section. The carpool parking will be open during peak hours of the morning until 11 a.m. or the lot is full each day.

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Western Governors’ Association Calls for Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 3rd, 2008 by skigreenguy | Comments Off | Filed in Ecotravel, Policy & Social Change, United States

The bi-partisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA) has given President-elect Barack Obama a four-page letter detailing its recommendations for the new administration’s energy policy, including an “aggressive and achievable national greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.” The Assocated Press reported that the Western Governors’ Association proposed a mandatory national system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through “market-based mechanisms.”

Why does the WGA support clean energy technology when the 19 member states are responsible for 94 percent of the country’s onshore oil reserves and 66 percent of its coal reserves? (more…)

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Carbon Offsets: Gimmick or Cutting Edge?

November 26th, 2008 by skigreenguy | 5 Comments | Filed in Ecotravel, How to Ski Green, Policy & Social Change

Carbon offsetting as part of a “carbon neutral” lifestyle has gained some appeal and momentum mainly among consumers in western countries who are concerned about the potentially negative environmental effects of energy-intensive lifestyles. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce the CO2 emissions they are responsible for by offsetting, reducing or displacing the CO2 in another place, usually where it is more economical to do so.

Carbon offsets typically include renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbon offsets are popular with ski areas seeking to make up for some of the carbon emitted by their electrical usage, grooming and visitor vehicles. Ski resorts are big energy—and energy offset—users. But are these offset programs real or just marketing gimmicks? (more…)

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Making it Convenient: Green Psychology and Human Behavior

November 17th, 2008 by skigreenguy | 2 Comments | Filed in Ecotravel, Green Ski Transportation, How to Ski Green, Policy & Social Change, Ski Vacations

Green Watch was a twitter project done by the La Marguerite, a blog focused on “behavioral solutions to global warming” as well as marketing its own consulting services. They make a couple of interesting points that seem relevant to skiing green:

1. We are addicted to convenience, even more than to things. Rather than fighting that addiction, we should focus on sustainable alternatives that are more convenient that current solutions.

Last year at Breckenridge, Colorado I used the Summit Stage bus system to get to the lift. If you’ve ever tried parking at Breck on a powder day at 8:30 am, you know that the bus is much faster and easier: hop on the bus, smile and nod at the other folks NOT scraping their windshields, and hop off at the lift. Better yet, the parking costs money but riding the bus is free. Green alternatives need to be both cleaner and more convenient than the technologies they replace. By the way, if you don’t want to pay for a condo in Breckenridge, check out CouchSurfing.com for a free place to stay (and it will probably be on the bus system too).

2. The switch from car to alternative low-energy modes of transportation requires that people experience first hand the superior benefits of those alternatives.

Over the last year I’ve tried to ride my bike for any trip less than five miles from my house. Once I got into the habit, I realized that biking took no more time than driving, avoided parking problems, got me talking with my neighbors more and cost me nothing. Best of all, the extra exercise will help me live longer. Benefits of bicycling—a small step in living green—need to be more than “understood,” they need to be experienced before they are real.

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Survey Results: Are You an Eco-Hypocrite?

October 14th, 2008 by skigreenguy | Comments Off | Filed in Airlines, Ecotravel, How to Ski Green, Ski Vacations

ecohypocriteA survey of over 200 people, along with focus groups and in-depth interviews found that even the most committed environmentalists – identified by green trademarks such as shopping ethically, installing water and energy saving appliances and recycling – would not be prepared to accept extra ‘green taxes’ and are deeply skeptical of the carbon offsetting schemes designed to mitigate them. How does this square with the eco-skier, those enlightened powder fiends who faithfully recycle and install fluorescent bulbs? Not very well. (more…)

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No Car Needed! Green Ski Transportation in New England, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Canada

September 24th, 2008 by skigreenguy | 1 Comment | Filed in Ecotravel, Green Ski Transportation, Ski Resorts, Ski Vacations, United States

Driving a SUV up a mountainside has a high cost in both gas money and carbon emissions. Here are some ski green transportation ideas for folks in New England, Colorado and Utah that help you save money and reduce your environmental impact. Better yet, you can relax, look out the window and enjoy the journey.

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Green Hotels in Colorado – Skiing and Green Travel Do Mix

September 20th, 2008 by skigreenguy | Comments Off | Filed in Ecotravel, Environmentally Friendly Hotels, Green Hotels in Colorado

Colorado is a place where the environmentally friendly skier can get the goods and ski green. Here’s a list of the state’s best ecohotels for the ski ecotourist. (more…)

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