Vermont Business Magazine Sugarbush Resort, in partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW), is hosting an open forum on climate change and related issues facing the snow sports industry. The forum, titled The Future of Snow, is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 22nd in the Gate House Lodge at Lincoln Peak.
Sugarbush President Win Smith will moderate a panel discussion among a qualified and diverse mix of environmental experts. Panelists include: David Perry, Vice President of Sustainability and Special Projects at Alterra Mountain Company; Heather Furman, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Vermont; Cameron Wake, a Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, and the Dept. of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire; and Aaron Rice, an environmental consultant and POW athlete who holds the world record for the most human-powered skiing in a calendar year (2.5 million vertical feet).
“Our passion for winter can help fight climate change,” says Smith, who also serves as president of the National Ski Areas Association. “There are meaningful actions that every person can take. It is not only about the economic impacts. It is about a disappearing way of life.”
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30PM, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Children of parents interested in attending the event can have fun at Kid’s Pizza & Movie Night from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in The Schoolhouse at Lincoln Peak. Those interested in joining the fight against climate change can start by calculating their carbon footprint online at protectourwinters.org.
For more information on the event and full bios on the panelists, see below or visit https://www.sugarbush.com/event/protect-our-winters-open-forum-2020-/. The event will also be live-streamed through Mad River Valley TV and Sugarbush’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Protect Our Winters - The Future Of Snow
Sat, Feb 22, 2020
Location: Gate House Lodge, Lincoln Peak
Can our passion for winter help fight climate change?
As a top-level partner of Protect Our Winters (POW), Sugarbush is thrilled to host an informal panel discussion for our community focusing on climate change and related issues facing the snow sports industry today. A qualified and diverse mix of representatives, researchers, scientists and snow enthusiasts will be there ready to dive into thoughtful conversations.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30PM. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be available and a cash bar will be serving up drinks upstairs for our guests.
Maine Beer Company, a partner of Protect Our Winters, will be offering beer specials during this event and will also be serving their beer at Castlerock Pub in the afternoon.
Parents are welcome to register their kids for the Kid's Pizza & Movie Night to be held at the same time.
We hope that you join us for this open forum and help protect our winters here at Sugarbush and around the world!
Cameron Wake, PhD, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute, Research Professor & Climate Scientist.
David Perry, Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Special Projects, Founding President & COO, Alterra Mountain Company.
Heather Furman, The Nature Conservancy, Vermont State Director.
Aaron Rice, POW Athlete Alliance, Ski-Touring World Record Holder.
Win Smith, President, Sugarbush Resort. Panel Moderator.
Cameron Wake, PhD is a skier, pond hockey player, and research professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire. When he is not skinning to his backcountry yurt in Maine, he is writing one of over 85 papers published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Cameron leads a research program investigating regional climate change through the analysis of ice cores and historical and instrumental data. In addition to teaching and lecturing widely on global environmental change, he serves as the program chair for the UNH Sustainability Dual Major. His collaborative research on regional climate assessments in the Northeast has been covered widely in the media and cited as motivation for policy action.
David Perry is the Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Special Projects at Alterra Mountain Company, which owns and operates fifteen resort destinations. He is a passionate mountain explorer, skier, snowboarder, and mountain biker as well as an accomplished photographer. David was the company’s first hire upon the formation of Alterra in 2017, assuming the role of President and COO. For the previous fifteen years, he was Senior Vice President of Aspen Skiing Company. David is a dual USA and Canadian Citizen, originally from Banff/Lake Louise. He is a former freestyle and pro-racing athlete. His career has covered a wide spectrum in the mountain resort industry including mountain operations, marketing, real estate, and hospitality. David currently serves on the board of the National Ski Areas Association and is deeply involved in the Aspen Snowmass community.
Heather Furman is the Vermont State Director for The Nature Conservancy where she guides a team of scientists and conservation experts in their work to achieve large-scale protection for land and water in New England, creating a resilient landscape in a changing climate. Guided by science, The Nature Conservancy has shown that by protecting, restoring, and managing land and water we can reduce global carbon emissions by over 11 billion tons a year by 2030, offering 37% of the reductions needed to combat climate change. In Vermont, TNC has helped to protect over 300,000 acres, including 2,000 miles of shoreline. They own 58 natural areas totaling 30,000 acres that are open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, and hunting. Heather has lived in Vermont since 1998 and enjoys skiing, trail running, and fly-fishing.
Aaron Rice is a member of Protect Our Winter’s Athlete Alliance. He spent a year skinning and skiing a record 2.5 million self-propelled vertical feet in the mountains of Utah, California, Argentina, and Chile. The film 2.5 Million is a documentary about Aaron’s attempt to exceed the existing world record by 500,000 feet. Aaron grew up skiing and racing in New England. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, concentrating on data analysis. Aaron is currently a staff scientist at an environmental consulting firm in Vermont. He also works with POW to promote effective solutions to climate change. Aaron skied over 120 days and climbed over 350,000 feet last season.
Source: Warren, VT (February 14, 2020) – Sugarbush Resort