Climate Change and the Ski Industry 

We will plant one tree for every course participant! 


The winter sports industry and our environment are intrinsically connected. There is no hiding from it, we need cold temperatures for snow, and we need snow to play! 

Wintersports is a unique industry whereby it is highly carbon intensive, largely due to associated travel costs among others. While, simultaneously inspiring a love of nature and the environment, often leading to climate activism. We don’t have to look much further than the POW (Protect Our Winters) global movement.

The industry has mostly been able to adapt and cope to the changing climate increasing the use of snow making, and diversification. However, with global temperatures predicted to continue rising, we all have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment.

 

We Care about sustainable travel

 

For the eco-conscious, travelling can present somewhat of a conundrum, and we are no exception, we send hundreds of future instructors across the world for internships and training courses. Contributing a lot of air miles, and a lot of carbon emissions.

We admit that our environmental track record isn’t perfect (not many people would).  With movements such as Extinction Rebellion calling for unprecedented changes we have teamed up with Eden Reforestation Projects to play our part.

We are stoked and proud to have partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects, a global community inspiring positive change, to help reduce the negative impact of our beloved wintersports!

Our Partners have planted over 250 million trees throughout Africa, contributing to positive social and environmental impacts in the areas that need it most.

 

"Every time a course is booked, we plant a tree on your behalf, making you part of a community changing the world"

 

Madagascar 2013 Mamatiana holding seedlings

 

Why trees?

 

With 18 of the 19 warmest years on record occurring since 2001 and current biodiversity loss being described as the sixth mass extinction, planting trees helps clean the air, fight climate change and bring forests back from the edge of existence.

By planting a tree for every traveller, we can also:

 

·         Provide education and employment to local communities in Africa.

·         Restore key habitats for biodiversity.

·         Improve the quantity and quality of water supplies.

·         Remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improve air quality.

·         Reduce soil erosion creating better agriculture.

 

How does it work?

Eden Projects have tree nurseries and reforestation sites in areas where desertification is at its worst. Local villagers are hired to plant native trees, providing education, much-needed employment, and opportunities where deforestation has destroyed locals’ livelihoods. As reforestation progresses, healthy forests begin to emerge restoring animal habitats, rainfall patterns, water quality while taking carbon out of the atmosphere.

 

Eden infographic