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Does green concern affect where you ski?

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Just posted a wiki about research into greener ski resorts around the world. Interested to know if it makes any difference to where you choose to ski? Some cool resorts in the top 20, so doesn't mean compromising on skiing, more about sending a message to other resorts....


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I just looked at your wiki. The first thing that jumped out at me is that that number 2 and number 3 on the list for Europe are Flims and Laax. Flims and Laax are one resort, and the fact that they are listed seperately on this list tells me that either the methodology or execution of this study is flawed. For people more familiar with North America, this would be like compiling a list and having seperate entries for Whistler and Blackcomb. The fact that Flims and Laax appear next to one another in the rankings also suggests that the data is identical. Did that not raise any flags? Not if those conducting the survey did not have the basic knowledge to recognise the flags. That alone leads me to disregard this study's findings.

 

The study would also have more meaning if you told us something about the resorts at the top and bottom of the list. Why is Arosa tops? Why is Argentiere not green?

 

As for the broader question, yes I think about the "greenness of skiing". Snowmaking in particular causes me concern. Stricter environmental policy in Germany makes it very difficult to install new snow cannons, and that is harming what was anyway a struggling ski industry here. But if that industry is not sustainable, maybe that is for the best. I don't mind if as a result we end up with smaller, greener ski resorts.

 

post #3 of 8

If people wanted to be green about skiing, they wouldn't travel long distances to get there. That is a factor always left out of green studies, and more than likely the biggest factor in the skier's footprint.

 

I choose my local hill, for better or worse.

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I prefer to spend less green on skiing.

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I prefer to spend less green on skiing.


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I prefer to spend less green on skiing.


I prefer to spend less skiing on greens.

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And to expand on this point, the more white skiing I do, the better.  Less green more white.

 

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I prefer to spend less green on skiing.



 

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If people wanted to be green about skiing, they wouldn't travel long distances to get there. That is a factor always left out of green studies, and more than likely the biggest factor in the skier's footprint.



 



I choose my local hill, for better or worse.





One of the reasons I choose to live close to better hills!
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