Final Thought, October 2012: Who wants to snowblade on dirt?

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After the lifts stopped running on Aspen Mountain last season, the fine folks at Aspen/Snowmass, Protect Our Winters and 350.org organized an event called Connect The Dots on May 5th. The event coincided with Climate Impacts Day, a “global event designed to ‘connect the dots’ between climate impact, such as extreme weather events, and the broader climate crisis,” said the resort. The day featured live music, a civil on-hill protest, art projects and—seen here—a snowless ski race.

Employing the fanny pack and snowblade style, Aspen local Micah Davis rounds a gate. While sliding around in the dirt on snowblades looks like a grand ole time, the event demonstrated what skiing could become in the future if we don’t take action to abate global warming.

Please visit 350.org and protectourwinters.org for more information on climate change and for ideas on what you can do to make a difference.

Skier: Micah Davis
Photo: Jeremy Swanson
Location: Aspen/Snowmass, CO

*This article appeared in the V15 November issue of FREESKIER. Subscribe to the magazine, or get it on the iTunes Newsstand.