Local Hero: Geraldine Link

Linking Ski Areas Together for Greater Sustainability

Have you ever skied under LED lights, composted leftover chili at a resort restaurant, or enjoyed mountain biking on ski slopes in summer? Thank Geraldine Link of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). As Director of Public Policy of the Lakewood, Colorado-based organization, she represents roughly 330 ski areas in the U.S., which account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. She launched a sustainability program for ski areas called Sustainable Slopes, and she developed the Climate Challenge, a voluntary program recognizing resorts that reduce their carbon footprint.   

Link graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown; then spent a year in Oakland, California, helping undocumented immigrants become lawful permanent residents and prepare them for citizenship. Her proudest career moment was contributing to passage of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which allows ski areas on U.S. Forest Service Land to operate on a four-season basis. Hello Frisbee golf, mountain biking, ropes courses and canopy tours.

“Skiing is a magical winter experience,” says the mother of two teenagers. “I want today’s children to have that experience over their lifetime. Through climate change action and advocacy we have the best chance of maintaining this experience for generations to come.”

Previous articleEAT, SLEEP, PLAY: Vail in Fall
Next articleDog Dos

Related Stories

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

Run to the Hills with RMOC – The Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center

Buena Vista-based RMOC (Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center) offers several trips and certification courses that take advantage of everything Colorado’s winter months...

WARREN MILLER ENTERTAINMENT’S “FUTURE RETRO” IS COMING TO YOUR LIVING ROOM THIS FALL

Warren Miller’s 71st feature film will stream across North America this Novembervia regionalized...

WIN YOUR DREAM SKI TRIP IN BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO

Breckenridge Grand Vacations wants to make your dream ski trip a reality.

Eldora Is Open!

Eldora opened on Monday, Nov. 23. Eldora waited a little later to open this season, which will help guests spread out and...