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Green Your Ski Travel

Green Your Ski Travel

[ February 18, 2010 - 6:53pm ]
by Valerie Gleaton
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Drive and ride green to keep our slopes white with CLIF BAR's new eco-ski travel site

Your base layers? Organic cotton. Your water bottle? Reusable and BPA-free. Even your skis are made with sustainable bamboo cores.

Yes, once you're on the slopes you ski a mean green streak. Unfortunately, driving to the mountain burns fossil fuels and gives you serious eco-guilt. 

Give your conscience a break by logging on to CLIF BAR's new Save Our Snow (SOS) Web site, www.clifbarsos.com, a guide for greening your travel to and from ski resorts.

Enter your zip code to find the closest ski bus or ski train, including ski shuttles in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, where CLIF BAR which is partnering with Greasebus to operate eco-friendly buses powered by waste vegetable oil from local restaurants in those cities.

The bus just not your style? Bum a ride with other ski bums using the SOS Ridesharing site powered by Zimride.

There are even winter driving tips to help you cut carbon emissions, for those days when you drive the ski carpool. For instance, did you know that the extra weight of all that snow piled on your vehicle decreases aerodynamics and increases fuel consumption? Clear it off before you hit the road!

The site also includes a free iPhone App with information about what your local ski resorts are doing to combat global warming. The iPhone App also provides skiers with up-to-the-minute snow conditions. Download the free app at www.clifbar.com/sosiphone.

According to the EPA, transportation accounts for nearly 30 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gases. And winter enthusiasts alone make more than 57 million visits to U.S. ski resorts each season, says the National Ski Areas Association. So taking the bus, sharing a ride, or simply checking your tire pressure (underinflation ups fuel use) can make a difference for the slopes and for the planet. 

For more information, visit www.clifbarsos.com