Pro­tect our win­ters

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IN­TER­NA­TION­ALLY ac­claimed skier, alpin­ist and ad­ven­turer Chris Daven­port vis­ited Mt Buller last week, sup­port­ing the launch of Pro­tect Our Win­ters in Aus­tralia.

Pro­tect Our Win­ters – known as POW – is a move­ment driven by skiers like Daven­port who care about win­ter and en­cour­age pos­i­tive change and ed­u­ca­tion about cli­mate.

The Aus­tralian chap­ter was launched this month by a small col­lec­tive of peo­ple based at Mt Buller mo­ti­vated to pro­mote POW’s mes­sage of pro­tect­ing win­ter.

“We are skiers and snow­board­ers who live and work in the moun­tains and love these spe­cial places,” lead ad­vo­cate of the group Josh Fletcher said.

“POW is a group of peo­ple who want to be able to en­joy alpine life and sports into the fu­ture and we need to make some changes if we want that to hap­pen.”

Chris Daven­port is a board mem­ber of POW In­ter­na­tional and met with Buller Ski Lifts se­nior team, the Re­sort Man­age­ment Board and cham­ber rep­re­sen­ta­tives on his visit.

He spoke at a com­mu­nity event in the Mt Buller cin­ema about the work of POW and how com­mu­ni­ties and re­sorts can mo­bilise to bring about changes for the bet­ter­ment of the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s been a won­der­ful visit back to Aus­tralia and my first time ski­ing at Mt Buller,” said Chris.

“I’m im­pressed by the ter­rain here and by the aware­ness and com­mit­ment the com­mu­nity here has on this is­sue.

“I met with a great group of kids lucky enough to go to school up here on the moun­tain yes­ter­day and it gives me hope when you hear their ques­tions and see their en­thu­si­asm to learn about our planet and get out and ex­plore the world.

“I’ve spent my life in ski re­sorts and it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to learn and see how dif­fer­ent places op­er­ate.

“Aus­tralia has such a unique and spe­cial alpine area - it’s been great to con­nect with peo­ple and see the in­no­va­tion and drive that the re­sort com­mu­nity has here to cre­ate a sus­tain­able fu­ture,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on POW Aus­tralia and to get in­volved please go to Pro­tect Our Win­ters Aus­tralia Face­book page or email stay­cool@pro­tec­tour­win­ters.org.au.

WHEN IN ROME: In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed skier, alpin­ist and ad­ven­turer Chris Daven­port vis­ited Mt Buller last week to pro­mote Pro­tect Our Win­ters, while here he took the chance to try out our lo­cal ter­rain. PHOTO: Har­roArt

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