Climate change is a global issue that poses challenges for sensitive areas across the world. Those who enjoy snow sports are at the front line and our Alpine environments are very sensitive to change. But the good news is that Australia’s Alpine Community is helping us all do something about it.
Keep Winter Cool is a new climate change awareness initiative that encourages skiers, snowboarders and snow visitors to help combat the potential effects of climate change on Australia’s Alpine environments. Developed by the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council, the Australian Alps Liaison Committee and the Australian Ski Areas Association, Keep Winter Cool has been based on a similar model successfully implemented across North America.
There are ten practical things we can all do to help cool global warming and keep our Alpine areas as white as snow.
It’s as easy taking the bus to work or the snow, insulating your house or lodge, turning off appliances when they’re not being used and cutting hot water consumption.
Businesses can also play their part by signing a Charter to help raise awareness amongst their visitors and staff about greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and snow conditions and commit to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from their own enterprises.
All of the Victorian alpine management boards, park managers in Victoria, NSW and ACT, the national ski lift industry, the Bus Association of Victoria and a number of other businesses including the Australian Ski Areas Association, have already signed up to the Keep Winter Cool Charter
To sign your bussiness up to the Keep Winter Cool Charter or to find out about the practical ways you can help cool global warming, visit www.keepwintercool.com.au.
For a hardcopy of the Keep Winter Cool ‘what you can do’ card call 136 186.
The Australian Ski Areas Association recommends the wearing of helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
The Australian Ski Areas Association’s helmet policy has been reviewed and updated following recent changes made by the Canada West Ski Areas Association and the National Ski Areas Association (USA). The review also had regard to the Australian alpine and snowsports environments as well as the increasing use of helmets by Australian skiers and riders
The ASAA’s helmet policy urges skiers and riders to wear a helmet and to educate themselves on the benefits and the limitations of helmet usage, while emphasising that skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner at all times is the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders.
Individual members of the ASAA may have more specific helmet requirements for some activities and programs for one or more particular groups or age of participant, which are conducted by the member resort.
Lids on Kids
The ASAA and its members provide information to snow sports enthusiasts and parents of snow sports enthusiasts to promote education and awareness about the benefits, limitations and proper fitting of helmets.
In supporting the use of helmets when undertaking recreational snow sports, the ASAA recognises that a helmet may make a difference in reducing or preventing injury, and that many skiers and snowboarders are choosing to wear them. Helmets are designed to reduce the severity of head injuries, but they are most effective at providing protection at speeds of 20kph or slower. If a person was to collide with a tree, any other object or another skier at moderate or high speed, a helmet may not prevent or reduce serious injury.
Each snow sports enthusiast’s behaviour has as much to do with their safety as does any piece of safety equipment.
There are inherent risks in all snow recreational activities. Common sense, staying in control and personal awareness can reduce these risks. Risks include rapid changes in weather, visibility and surface conditions, as well as natural and artificial hazards such as rocks, trees, stumps, vehicles, lift towers, snow fences and snowmaking equipment. Observe the code and ski and ride with courtesy to others.
A special responsibility code for kids.
ASAA member resorts will be enforcing the use of restraint devices on all snow-riding equipment.