ADVENTURERS AND SCIENTISTS FOR CONSERVATION MONTANA:
For two years, ASC has engaged ocean goers to collect surface water samples from the five oceans, finding more than 95% of the samples contaminated with plastic debris. Starting first in our home watershed in Montana, the Gallatin, we will expand upstream, recruiting, training and managing up to 100 volunteers to collect samples from the headwaters to the confluence with the Jefferson and Madison rivers, where they form the Missouri. Through consumer awareness, strategic partnerships and legislative action, we will reduce the amount of plastic entering the largest watershed in the country.
LOCAL FARMS FIRST COLORADO:
Local Farms First and Save Our Snow have teamed up to create "Shop Local to Save Our Snow," a program that enables snowy mountain dwellers to access affordable organic food, year-round from local farmers in low-altitude nearby valleys. Due to cold temperatures and high elevations, resort towns don't have a much capacity for large volume local food production. Massive amounts of fossil fuels are used to transport, store and grow food products, often outside of the USA and often in factory/industrial farms. This unsustainable model creates irreversible pollution and carbon emissions along the way. Shop Local to Save Our Snow strengthens mountains economies and creates a model for other sustainable mountain communities.
BEYOND BOARDING BRITISH COLUMBIA:
Beyond Boarding is a collective of individuals dedicated to spreading interest and passion for social and environmental activism within the snowboard community. Sacred Stewardship, a program in partnership with local elders and families is a snowshoe-splitboard exploration program in the mountain community of Iskut, British Columbia, inspires youth by connecting them with the outdoors and providing them with valuable knowledge about local environmental and conservation issues. By reconnecting them to their families' traditional lands, language and culture, this program produces new stewards of the Sacred Headwaters area in North Western BC.
MOUNTAIN RIDERS ALLIANCE:
The Mountain Rider’s Alliance is guided by a triple-bottom-line philosophy of environmental stewardship, community engagement and a rider-centric approach. Since the 1980’s, roughly one third of US ski areas have closed. Smaller, community-based hills have been particularly hard hit, as have the surrounding mountain communities and local economies. In response, the Mountain Playground program is being developed to create a consortium of like-minded, independent ski areas, which collaborate to keep mountain communities and their treasured recreational resources economically, socially and environmentally stable.
HIGH FIVES CALIFORNIA:
High Fives’ B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Service is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching of action sports athletes and educational videos that help promote critical thinking to winter sports enthusiasts of all ages. This year’s documentary, #KnowYourPark, is a 22-minute public service announcement filmed and edited in a ski documentary format to educate young snow sport athletes about the inherent risks and rewards of skiing and riding within the terrain park. The film is endorsed by the National Ski Patrol Safety Team and highlights the importance of terrain park safety through five core values: Protection, Conditions, Terrain Park Features, Personal Ability, and Terrain Park Etiquette.
THE PEAKS PROJECT NEW YORK:
The Peaks Project gives underprivileged children in NYC the opportunity to participate in winter sports, specifically skiing and snowboarding, while promoting camaraderie and personal growth. The Peaks Project differs from other organizations in that it works with the same group of children throughout an entire winter. This allows participants to gain proficiency in various snow sports while developing a deeper connection to the mountains and the greater winter sports community.