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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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Greenwashed! A Look Behind the Ski Industry’s Eco Promises

October 9th, 2008 by skigreenguy | 3 Comments | Filed in How to Ski Green, Ski Resorts, Ski Vacations, United States

The mainstream ski industry, true to character, is very good at taking your money. And if being green helps them take your green, that’s what they will do. You’ve seen the little card in hotels: “Re-use this towel to help stop global warming!” Right. Like if I reuse the towel then the impact of my flight across the country is forgiven? Hey, maybe I should recycle this plastic water bottle and go heliskiing! There’s a term for this clever repackaging of polluting ways: greenwashing.

Skiing and Consumption

Let’s face it: skiing is consumption. (more…)

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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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Environmentally friendly hotels, B&B’s and lodges around the world

September 13th, 2008 by skigreenguy | 1 Comment | Filed in Ecotravel, Environmentally Friendly Hotels, Green Ski Transportation, Ski Resorts, Ski Vacations, United States

At Independentraveler.com’s green travel page you can find a number of Web sites that list environmentally friendly hotels, B&B’s and lodges around the world, including North American and European ski resorts.  Keep in mind that each site has its own guidelines for rating properties, so you’ll want to do your homework to make sure that the hotel meets the standards you’re looking for. And don’t forget to check out their 10 favorite ecolodges and green hotels.

Eco-Friendly Lodging
BedandBreakfast.com: Eco-friendly B&B’s
Best Green Hotels: Hotels worldwide, rated for eco-friendliness
BnBFinder.com: Eco-friendly B&B’s
EcoBusinessLinks: Wide variety of eco-friendly lodging worldwide
ECOCLUB: Ecolodges across the world
Green Globe: Worldwide hotels that meet benchmark or certification standards

Green Hotels Association: Eco-friendly hotels in the U.S. and worldwide
Green Lodge
: Eco-friendly hotels in the U.S.
Greenstop.Net
: Eco-friendly hotels and tour operators across the world
Green Travel Hub: Green hotels around the world
Green Vacation Hub: Green hotels and vacation rentals around the world
IndependentTraveler.com: 10 favorite ecolodges and green hotels
Responsibletravel.com: Green lodging worldwide
Ski Club of Great Britain: Green Resort Guide to green hotels in Europe

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