Do you enjoy riding Australian resorts? Me too. Last week I put out a podcast called “Protect Our Winters”, and this is a follow up. It‘s really hard to fess up that things we love doing cause significant environmental harm, but it’s the one thing we’re going to have to get better at!
There’s something gut-wrenchingly hypocritical about ski resorts, particularly in Australia. Sure, we come away feeling revitalised after an invigorating immersion in nature, but only after having contributed towards the inevitable demise of the very environment of which our appreciation has been reinforced. Ironic, right? SUCKS, right??
Climate change stands to impose the cessation of entire industries and Australian lift-accessed snow sports are among the first in line. Which surely means ski resorts should be the first people trying to mitigate climate change, rather than just adapt to it? Sadly, it appears that Aussie resorts - particularly Thredbo in this instance - are increasingly resistant to confronting this challenge head on.
For this podcast, my intelligent and articulate friend Pete sent me an insightful and informative email explaining this paradox far better than I, as a response to part 1 last week.
I don’t know about you, but with this understanding I’m not sure that I can continue visiting Australian snowfields in any good conscience, particularly to resorts intentionally ignoring real problems and obvious solutions.
Pete, you are a full tilt legend for writing this. Thankyou for going to these lengths to help us, the everyday people, with our niggling gut feelings that tell us with increasing volume that we may need to start thinking more about the sustainability of our actions.
As for Thredbo, Perisher, Falls Creek, Hotham, Buller, Selwyn - any comments in response can be directed to below. Please!
All of us would love to be convinced otherwise!! You, the industry, and we, the consumers; we’re seeking the same thing! That is, an opportunity to factually reconcile ski resorts as environmentally beneficial operations. It would be amazing to convene some legitimate dialogue via the podcast, though you’d have your work cut out for you to rebut the points raised in this episode.