POW Aus­tralia sa flur­ries across this week

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH snow the Aus­tralian Alps it’s an apt time for the launch of the Aus­tralian chap­ter of the global en­vi­ron­men­tal group Pro­tect Our Win­ters (POW).

The of­fi­cial launch of POW Aus­tralia this week will be fol­lowed by a visit from twotime world cham­pion pro skier Chris Daven­port.

Daven­port is a POW board mem­ber and is widely re­garded as one of the premier big moun­tain skiers in the world to­day.

Among his many moun­taineer­ing achieve­ments Chris was the first per­son to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks in less than a year.

He has also guided and skied on Mt Ever­est.

Chris is vis­it­ing Mt Buller and Thredbo re­sorts dur­ing his time in Aus­tralia, spread­ing the word on “why we need win­ter” and will speak at the Mt Buller cinema on Tues­day, July 24.

The talk will be fol­lowed by a screen­ing of the new Te­ton Grav­ity Re­search film ‘Rogue El­e­ments’ in which Mt Buller’s Mitch Reeves fea­tures.

Thredbo will then build on the pro­gram with a Hike for POW to the sum­mit of Mt Kosciuszko on Fri­day, July 27, and a speaker pro­gram that evening in-re­sort.

Pro­tect Our Win­ters ac­tiv­ity in Aus­tralia started in 2017 when pro­fes­sional snow­boarder and POW founder Jeremy Jones and his fam­ily were in­vited to Mt Buller by long­time friend Tony ‘Harro’ Har­ring­ton.

The Jones fam­ily came to Mt Buller and Thredbo where Jeremy es­tab­lished the first Aus­tralian POW re­sort al­liance at Thredbo.

This kicked off the charge to­wards pos­i­tive cli­mate ac­tion within the snow in­dus­try with Falls Creek now also in­volved and more re­sorts ex­pected to for­malise their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram.

Since found­ing POW 10 years ago the or­gan­i­sa­tion has grown to a global net­work of over 130,000 sup­port­ers and en­gag­ing with 60 mil­lion snows­ports en­thu­si­asts across the world – a fol­low­ing that is fast grow­ing mo­men­tum in Aus­tralian alpine com­mu­ni­ties.

Lead­ing the cam­paign in Aus­tralia is a pas­sion­ate group of ad­vo­cates in­clud­ing Tony ‘Harro’ Har­ring­ton, Rhylla Mor­gan, Josh Fletcher and Ker­ris McLiver based at Mt Buller, all who have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the snow and out­door sports in­dus­try.

“At the heart of it Pro­tect Our Win­ters is a pas­sion­ate crew of diehards, pro­fes­sional ath­letes and in­dus­try brands mo­bil­is­ing the out­door sports com­mu­nity to lead the charge to­wards pos­i­tive cli­mate ac­tion so we can con­tinue to do what we love and live in the com­mu­ni­ties we care about,” said lo­cal, Tony Har­ring­ton.

“We are ex­cited to fos­ter a team of pas­sion­ate peo­ple, ath­letes and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to drive this con­ver­sa­tion for­ward in Aus­tralia.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.