Truckee, CA (November 21, 2008) — The urgency of environmental conservation efforts is no longer undeniable. We have only just begun to do our part by using more compact fluorescent lightbulbs in our homes and offices. Energy efficient cars are on the market, there is a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags and the environment became a primary presidential campaign issue. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint on your annual ski trip, alternatives exist. The North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) has two eco-friendly ski trips. NASTC’s Overnight Backcountry Adventure is a great trip where you can earn your turns on some of the most incredible terrain in the Tahoe area with breathtaking views of the Sierras as a backdrop. The trip begins on Donner Summit on the same ridgeline that the Pacific Crest Trail is built on. It then takes you x miles into Coldstream Canyon located northwest of Squaw Valley, where you will spend the night at the rustic styled Lost Trail Lodge accessible only by skis or snowshoes.
If you can’t get away for that long NASTC also has a 1-day backcountry adventure. The one day course is a great introduction to skiing in the backcountry and a welcome diversion from the same ol’ runs at your resort. Skiers can expect to get lots of mileage both on their skis and their skins in addition to becoming more familiar with touring gear, avalanche safety equipment and route finding. Both of these adventures are eco-friendly and have a minimal carbon footprint.
NASTC has some tips on how to make your skiing experience even more eco-friendly:
Take the Ski bus: if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento Area jump on the Ski bus. You can leave all the road rage and tension to the driver and sit back and talk about skiing with a bus load of your new skiing buddies.
Stay at the Cedar House Sport Hotel who environmental report card is an A+: The Cedar House Sport Hotel’s eco- conscious design includes, garden rooftops, solar energy, recycled timber and garden
Carpool: NASTC will set you up with carpooling opportunities to and from its courses.
Have dinner at Dragonfly Cuisine in Truckee: One of Truckee’s best restaurants and a participant of the Slow Food movement, Dragonlfy uses only organic, sustainable farmed and fair trade products in its delectable Asian fusion menu.