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 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Dear All.
In writing this I am asking for your opinions about the sustainability of the ski industry.
I am studying for a degree in Outdoor-studies at St Martins College in Ambleside, Cumbria, which is located in the North West of England.

At present I am gathering the opinion various professionals hold about the environmental impacts different areas of the ski industry have. These will then form the core body of work to be analysed in my final year research project.

As an active member of the snowboarding community I was shocked when informed that because of certain practices within the industry there will be a severe decrease in snow levels and in only fifty years many ski areas could be out of business altogether!

My knowledge of the processes involved in most areas of the ski industry is limited, from artificial snow production and how much water this consumes, flying to and from resorts and even the production of outdoor-clothing and hardware. Therefore I am unaware of the effect these may have on the ski environment as a whole.
I am researching the effects these practices/ processes have on the ski industry and what can be (or is being) done to lessen the impact.

• I am interested to know what your opinions of these and other practices within the industry are?
• Can you advise me as to what the extent of the damage being caused is?
• What predictions for the future of the ski industry are if there is no change in practices?
• Do you know of any members within the industry who are implementing measures for change?
• What there plans may be and are these enough to save the slopes?
• Do you feel that sponsorship of athletes and team skiers/ riders could be a possible means of promoting improved environmental practices in snow sports? How effective do you think this would be?
• What do you perceive to be the main contributor to the production of green house gases within the ski industry ultimately resulting in decreasing levels of snow?

My research is covering a wide variety of issues within the industry thus any suggestions for areas you feel should be looked it to in-depth would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time and effort.

Yours sincerely,
Gemma Hunter.

St Martins College.
Ethical considerations/ guidelines-

It should be noted that any information received is for use my research project alone and will not be reproduced in any form other than its original intended use stated above.

Information received may be withdrawn upon request by the author at any stage during the research project.

Contact –
Gemma Hunter

St Martins College,
Rydal road,
LA22 0AD.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
First things Emma, don't put your email and contact address on the web Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked ask people to personal message (PM) you.

Edit your post to be just a little safer . . .
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?, You may also find you get better responce if you give specific questions for people to answer rather than asking them yo discuss something.
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Hi, this is something that you should be able to get lots of help with from other snowHead s. I have done similar research projects (not based on the ski industry but tourism in Thailand) and I found that one of the best places for contacts and places to start is the Tourism Office/Authority for a given region or country. They can put you in touch with projects that are being worked on and specialists on the ground so it may be worth a little investigation.

As for skiing and the climate change in the Alps I believe the French government in partnership with the EU launched an investigation into this recently and the results were published just before Christmas (not sure of the title of the research group, might be OECD, or the project though so sorry for being vague, someone else might know?). This certainly caused a stir in the UK press fairly recently with yet more stories of 'Death of the Alps' rolling eyes etc etc.

Finally, it could also be useful to focus more closely on one or two resorts where they have started to diversify (there has been talk of some resorts beginning to specialise in health spas and retreats so this could be worth a look - are they doing this because of a slow down in tourist numbers?). A town that has also been known for creating more interest in the summer months away from skiing is Chamonix so it could offer a good case study.

Try these:

Anyway, hope it helps and good luck with it all! Very Happy
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MrDan, wow, i did not expect such a quick response. thank you so much. snowHead
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Masque, stevec, thank you for the advice, im pretty new to this.
the contact address is not mine its has to be included for ethical reasons. Puzzled
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