We went snowboarding at Keystone this past Sunday and picked up a decent amount of trash… There are more people are in the mountains this month with spring break happening for many schools and families. Which is why it almost makes sense that there is more garbage floating around the mountain, but the issue is all the bar wrappers and cans and trail maps are sitting in pockets when they come to the mountain. Is it really that hard to put that wrapper or map back into your pocket when you are done with it? Great thing about pockets is that you can keep using them! I find it so annoying to find all these smalls things people toss on the ground when it is so easy to ride to the bottom of the hill and put the trash in a bins that every mountain has. We all have to pitch in to keep the world around us going, lets stop having others take care of us and at least take some small responsibilities. Use those pockets please.
I love going into the mountains. Whether it be snowboarding or hiking or mountain biking, there is something that is so refreshing about being outside. Sometimes I forget about all the nature and beauty around while snowboarding. Apart from being fun the best part of skiing and riding is that it is outside and you are using natural things as part of the sports. Whether you ride park, pow, or just groomers for fun don’t forget to stop, look up and enjoy the view. I promise you won’t regret it! For me it is a form of meditation, I always take a few minutes atop one of the runs to sit and just see what is around me. Really look around, see the mountains, trees, and other riders. It always relaxes and centers me. It reminds me that we are all connected, to each other and the natural world around us.
Every time I go snowboarding, hiking, or biking I try and pick up all the trash I see. Sometimes it’s a lot, best is when it’s none. Yesterday I rode copper mountain and all I found was 1 water bottle. Always stoked to find little or no trash while outside. We all need to help create more sustainable slopes. Leave nothing but footprints, or edge trails.