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Ad­vo­cat­ing for snow

Tor­rey Udall

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

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