YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF VARIOUS PROFESSIONS
Advocating for snow
Age: 28 Hometown: Carbondale, Colorado Occupation: Director of Development and Operations for Protect Our Winters
As a Colorado native with a family history of environmental activism, it was only fitting that Torrey Udall found his place working for Protect Our Winters in 2016. Growing up in Carbondale, his father helped found the Community Office for Resource Energy Efficiency, a non-profit that helps Roaring Fork Valley residents cut carbon emissions.
His uncle Mark Udall, former U.S. Senator, his grandfather Mo Udall, former U.S. Representative, and mother, the former program director of the Colorado Outward Bound School, all helped spark Torrey’s passion for environmental protection. After taking a hiatus from skiing to play basketball while studying business at Fort Lewis College, Torrey finally found his way back to his true passions—winter, skiing, and being a champion of climate change mitigation.
—Interview by Jillian Queri
Earliest ski memory:
Grabbing donuts and hopping on the public bus to head to Snowmass.
What skiing means to me:
Skiing and being in the mountains was always inclusive with the environmental work that my family did or has done. Advocating for climate change and environmental protection always went hand-in-hand with the love of skiing and spending time outside.
Advice I’d give my 15-year-old self:
Put the basketball down and ski more.
Why skiers should care about climate change:
Climate is the apex issue and, at this magnitude, the ski community is the group for the task.
Advice to skiers:
We’re in a no fall zone. We need to link our turns. When we vote, we have to be spot on. We really can’t fall. We need to get every single skier committed and make sure they’re voting.
Why protecting the environment is important to skiing:
If we leave climate unchecked, we’ll lose powder days, sure, but that will be the least of our worries. At stake are our businesses, landscapes, and communities.
On my to-do list:
Ski the Dead Dog Couloir on Torreys Peak.
PHOTOS FROM TOP: Forest Woodward, Jake Marty