Slow Snow?

Could skiing and snowboarding go the way of the slow food and slow travel movements? If such a slow skiing revolution were to launch, skiers and snowboarders would stick to their local hills and only travel out occasionally to enjoy the culture and slopes of one other resort, slowly. “Silverton or Mad River Glen are examples of community ski resorts and that might be what a sustainable ski area looks like in the future,” says Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company’s executive director of sustainability. Even today, the troubled economy is keeping skiers and snowboarders closer to home, a fact that is good for the planet. “You’re seeing some of that this year,” says Troy Hawks, communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association. “People are being more economically minded and resorts in New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont are seeing strong visitations while fly-to destinations like Aspen and Steamboat have reported dips in their numbers in bookings.”

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