Protect our winters
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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