Snow and Mountain Communities Demand Climate Action in Paris

December 5, 2015
Contact: Phil Huffeldt,

Snow and Mountain Communities Demand Climate Action in Paris

Snowriders International partners with the Climate Reality Project to host the “I AM PRO SNOW” panel at the World Climate Summit

Denver, CO (12/5/15) – On December 6, the mayor of Snowriders International’s hometown of Aspen, Mayor Steve Skadron, will join a panel in Paris of elected officials, winter sports athletes, industry leaders and climate activists to discuss how climate change has begun to impact the snowsports and mountain world.

The I AM PRO SNOW panel will delve into the impacts that climate change is having on snowsports, mountain and winter based communities and industries worldwide, the future of snow and mountains if we don’t do our part to fight climate change, and the work that is currently underway to solve the crisis. By convening a diverse, powerful set of voices alongside the COP 21 international climate talks, Snowriders International and its partners are urging world leaders to form the strongest agreement possible in Paris and protect the mountain way of life for this and future generations.

Over the past year, a coalition including Snowriders International and the I AM PRO SNOW Campaign of the Climate Reality Project has gathered over 1,500 signatures, representing the voices of over 193,000 individuals worldwide, with ski areas, Olympians, elected officials, businesses, and organizations calling for strong action in Paris. In addition, 11 cities – including Whistler, BC, Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland, and many cities in Utah, Colorado and Oregon – have voted to pass a resolution in support of the letter.

Climate Reality President & CEO Ken Berlin will introduce the panel discussion, and participants will include:

  • Porter Fox, author of Deep and editor at Powder Magazine, moderator

  • Steve Skadron, Mayor of Aspen

  • Elizabeth Burakowski, Researcher at NCAR Climate and Global Dynamics Division

  • Bruno Cercley, CEO at Rossignol

  • Michael Brune, Executive Director of The Sierra Club

  • Seth Wescott, 2-time Olympic gold medal snowboarder

“Climate change is the biggest threat mountains and snowsports communities have ever faced,” said Phil Huffeldt, Director of Snowriders International. “With the I AM PRO SNOW coalition, we’re excited to help bring together such a powerful set of voices here in Paris for the sake of mountains and snow everywhere.”

To learn more and take action, visit Snowriders International’s website


Snowriders International is an organization of skiers, boarders, and mountain recreation enthusiasts.  We are dedicated to the promotion of winter sports and protection of the environment across the globe through service, education, research, and advocacy.

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