Save Our Snow has been compiled and is maintained by ski journalist Patrick Thorne ( www.patrickthorne.com ), who is based in the Highlands of Scotland.
Patrick has been writing about skiing full time for more than 20 years and his work is possibly unique in that he continues to write year round about ski resorts all around the world. He has visited more than 200 personally.
Through visiting and writing about ski resorts Patrick has noticed that:
- resorts are spending more and more on snowmaking.
- environmental scientists are predicting more and more dire consequences for glaciers, ice caps and the world's snowfall.
- glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and summer ski areas closing.
- many ski areas are doing a lot, most could do more, but whilst climate change is a global problem, ski areas don't seem to work internationally.
Patrick first built the Green Resort Guide in 2005 for publication by the Ski Club of Great Britain ( www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/resorts/greenresorts/default.asp ); however he wanted to do more to highlight the issues, news on ski resort initiatives in relation to climate change and highlight scientific reports projecting the way global warming will continue to melt glaciers and reduce snowfall over the next century - so this site seems to be the best way forward.
Our Reasoning and Objectives
The sole purpose of this site is to collect and provide information relevant to this subject and provide links to people and organisations that know much more than we do. We are trying to walk a middle path between corporate ski resorts mistrusted, rightly or wrongly, by environmental campaigners and the environmental 'extremists' who believe that all activity in the mountains is wrong. To that end we will not accept sponsorship, advertising or link to any organisation unless it provides additional information on this subject.
Whilst we endeavour to be independent in providing information it should be acknowledged that Patrick's regular job largely relies on the ski industry to, mostly indirectly, pay his wages.
We are not devout believers that global warming is wholly a result of mankind's activity, although what evidence there is seems to point towards that being largely the case. Neither are we experts in the field. Whatever the cause of global warming we are not convinced that anything short of a massive change in human activity will stop neither the problem, nor that such a change is going to happen. Save Our Snow is just here because it just seems right to highlight the issues and encourage everyone to do what they can.
We do not believe that ski resorts should take much of the blame for the fact that global warming is destroying the delicate ecosystems of our mountainous and Polar Regions - this is predominantly due to mankind's collective activity.
As a result we do not feel the emphasis should be primarily on skiers to be as environmentally friendly as possible when in the mountain, although that is, of course, vital. But it is equally, probably more, important that skiers and everybody else do more the other 51 weeks of the year to cut the environmentally damaging emissions that result from the energy they use at home, work and in daily travel.
World governments and corporations need to do much more to help and encourage people to be 'greener'.
Whilst we want to keep it simple in structure, we would of course like to improve this site by expanding content, adding interactive maps showing the affects of global warming over the next century and with other enhancements to make it more accessible.
If you have any relevant information or run a website, travel service or other relevant publication or service that we should link to, please do let us know. We are keen to highlight efforts to slow global warming all over the world.
As we have a policy against accepting sponsorship or advertising it also means we have no income to pay for day-to-day management of the site or any improvements. If you believe in our aims, please consider making a donation with a credit card online via our 'Support Us' button using PayPal. We are a not-for-profit operation and any income will go in to the site.
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