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Summit ski areas address climate change

Summit Daily StaffAspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – Representatives from Summit County’s four ski resorts will describe the steps they are taking in response to the threat of to global warming at an Our Future Summit public forum on Thursday.The event is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco.In supporting a national climate change policy the ski industry adopted in 2000 to address common environmental concerns, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone have been implementing a charter, known as “Sustainable Slopes” that identifies climate change as a potential threat to the environment and their business.The charter recommends that ski resorts raise awareness of the potential impacts of climate change on their weather-dependant businesses and the winter recreation experience, reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and encourage others to take action as well.Participating in the Thursday panel discussion are Alan Henceroth, general manager and chief operating officer of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area; Dave November, environmental manager at Keystone Resort; Rick Sramek, vice president of mountain operations for Breckenridge Ski Resort; Jennifer Schenk, environmental manager at Copper Mountain Resort; and Tom Easley, director of programs for the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.For details about other actions ski areas are taking in response to climate change, click on http://www.keepwintercool.org.Doors to “Climate Change & the Ski Industry” open at 6:30 p.m., when refreshments will be available.Our Future Summit is a “quality of life” institution dedicated to a better Summit County by providing opportunities for informed discussion on issues of interest to the community.