SkiCo, local athletes lobby Washington on climate change | Aspen Daily News Online
Aspen Skiing Co.’s top environmental guru is heading to Capitol Hill today with three winter sports athletes in an attempt to convince members of Congress to stop climate change.Snow in forecast for mountains around Aspen | AspenTimes.com
Auden Schendler, SkiCo’s vice president of sustainability, will be accompanied by Olympian snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, pro skier Chris Davenport and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones.
This evening, they will sit on a panel with Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to discuss issues centered around carbon emissions and the Protect Our Winters (POW) movement.
On Thursday, they’ll lobby eight senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as host a press conference regarding climate change.”
This is the sixth trip to D.C. in recent years by SkiCo representatives on the issue.
On the liberal blog, thinkprogress.org, Schendler points out that the ski industry should be concerned not only about the loss of snow as a result of climate change but also massive infrastructure damage caused by super storms, floods, fires and droughts.
ASPEN — A slow-moving storm is expected to bring the mountains surrounding Aspen an early taste of snow on Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency has issued a winter weather advisory for the central and southwest mountains of Colorado, including the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen. Snow is expected to begin accumulating above 12,000 feet in elevation at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Snow levels could drop as low as 9,000 feet, the weather service said. By Thursday morning, 2 to 6 inches of snow are possible above 10,000 feet.