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Whistler's Going Green

For those of you who know me, know I am absolutely passionate about downhill skiing. As a family past-time of mine we started out as ski racers at local Ontario hill Mansfield, where I also started my ski coaching and instructing career. Now my boyfriend and I head up to Collingwood every weekend to coach at Alpine.

From those of you who are from or have visited Ontario know that the hills are anything but spectacular. Naturally I try to visit other resorts for some steeps and deep powder. Whistler, out on the left coast of Canada, is one of my favourite places to ski.

Whistler has announced as part of the 2020 Energy Vision that they are going ‘Green.’

SkiPress online reported this week that Whistler plans to power all 38 lifts, 17 Restaurants, 269 snow guns and countless other buildings and operations with energy derived from the Fitzsimmons Creek. Teaming up with Innergex Renewable Energy and Ledcor Power Group is to build a 7.5 megawatt hydro project. The goal of the Fitzsimmons Creeek Hydro Limited Partnership is to produce the 33.5 gigawatt hours of hydro electric energy needed each year by the resort.

Skiing is a fantastic activity for those young and old. I also believe that sports and other organized activities are fundamental in childhood development; they teach us to be committed, to bring out the competition within each of us, and they teach us to be social. And if one can do this with a minimal impact on the environment, it is all the better.

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Comment from ronnie t winston
Time September 22, 2008 at 12:43 am

i enjoy the part where it said whistler..
made me think of winter

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