Community Involvement

Despite the inherit damage skiing and snowboarding does to the environment there is a strong movement in the snowboarding community to do what it can to prevent further climate change and damage to the mountains and snow season. Riders recognize the impact they are having on the environment and they also know that if the climate gets any warmer they won't have any snow left to board on.

"Snowboarders are attached to the natural world," he said. "They are going to be more apt to buy something that he or she feels is ecologically better for the planet. And if more sales are determined by how green you are, then you're going to have everybody doing it."

-Alex Warburton (Salomon)

"To snowboard, we need snow. That simple premise should be driving everybody toward not just flagship boards, but greening everything they do."

- Bob Carlson (Arbor)

used with permission from POW
used with permission from POW

Beyond what individual companies and resorts are contributing to the greening process riders are getting together to educate people and students about what can be done to prevent irreversible damage to the environment. Protect our Winters (POW) was started in 2007 by Jeremy Jones a professional snowboarder when he saw first hand climate change's effect on the mountains. The organization mobilizing the winter sports community to lead against climate change with the focus being on education and support of local resort community projects.