Skiers need to become more flexible

December 10, 2015

Dec 10th, 2015. Southern Tyrol, Italy.
Another dry start of the winter…
Technically produced snow on white pistes in a brown-green landscape. The economic pressure is high for Alpine destinations to secure the start of the season. But energy consumption, temporary fixation of water, infrastructure development for snow making – in a non-snowy surrounding – make me wonder where we are heading…
I think we as skiers, lovers of snow and winter tourists need to become more flexible and adapt our activities to the natural circumstances. Sunny and dry December? Well let’s keep biking. Tons of natural snow in April? Well let’s keep skiing. If we were willing to adapt our behavior, be more flexible, then some of the economic pressure of Alpine destinations and ski stations would be released and the season could be stretched. This would lower the ecological footprint of Alpine tourism and positively contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

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