FRANCE: The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) got a letter from top skiers asking them to do something about the climate crisis.
This winter, Alpine resorts have seen a notable shortage of snow, disappointing tourists and cancelling certain ski competitions.
Some of the best ski resorts can’t guarantee snow anymore because of global warming, and the problem is likely to worsen as the earth warms and the weather becomes more unpredictable.
Leading athletes have now urged the FIS to update its sustainability policy because it needs improvement. They have requested a more “geographically reasonable” race schedule because, often, the races require numerous round-trip flights. The men’s circuit will have made two trips this year, once from Europe to North America and back.
Additionally, they request that the ski season be adjusted to account for climate change. It has been suggested that the season’s beginning be moved from late October to late November and its conclusion be moved from mid-March to late April.
“The seasons have shifted, and in the interest of us all, we need to adapt to those new circumstances,” they said. Austrian downhiller Julian Schütter prepared the letter, an ambassador for the climate change organization Protect Our Winters, and it was signed by 200 athletes (Pow).
It was said, “We are already experiencing the effects of climate change in our everyday lives and profession. Public opinion about skiing is shifting towards unjustifiability … We need progressive organisational action. We are aware of the current sustainability efforts of FIS and rate them as insufficient.”
“The simple truth of the matter is you can’t ski without snow, and it’s getting closer and closer every year,” noted American downhiller and Pow ambassador Travis Ganong.
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