• Questions Extreme Sports Communities Find Themselves Asking

    We choose to participate in things that scare the bajeezus out of us, we’re just weird that way. Activities like these are what create the communities we attach ourselves to and grow from. Our passions are molded through them and the athletes who shape these sports become our inspiration, heroes, and legends. But at what risk?
  • The Greater Impact of the California Drought

    The ski industry in California is being hit hard by climate change and the impact of the California drought has led to early ski hill closures across the state. This lack of snow poses a very real threat off the mountain, to California’s overall water supply and economic livelihood. We must act now!
  • You Are What You Eat

    Who doesn’t love the convenience of a granola bar for an on-the-hill snack? But like with most of what we eat, it can be a struggle to ensure our food is not only just good for our bodies, but also good for the environment.
  • Good News For The Peel Watershed!

    The Peel Watershed region in the Yukon Territory of Canada recently took a huge step forward when they won the court case to open up more discussions about protecting this beautiful area.
  • Books To Inspire

    As ski season is about to be upon us, grab one of these books to amp yourself up for the slopes and perhaps also inspire a little positive change in the process: "Just Don't Fall" by Josh Sundquest; "DEEP" by Porter Fox; "A Bird of Passage" by Otto Lang; and "Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die" by Chris Santella.
  • The Fight To Save Snow

    Because of climate change, the future of skiing could be very much in trouble come thirty or fifty years from now and, as soon as that may seem to us now, the fact of the matter is that the ski industry is in trouble and has been for years already.
  • Becoming a More Accessible Community

    We wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight several organizations that are doing amazing work in the United States to provide at-risk youth with opportunities to simultaneously participate in the snow sports community while also growing as individuals.
  • A Natural Connection

    Humans can learn so much about the importance of connectivity from nature, specifically from talking trees and magical fungi. Ecological balance depends on these fragile and complex modes of connection that do everything from keeping our air clean to driving the diversity and resilience of the ecosystem.
  • Behind the scenes with Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

    Alpine Initiatives gets behind the scenes with Grant Baldwin, Director of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. The film documents Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer as they live off of food waste for 6 whole months while researching and exploring the issues around the billions of dollars of food that are wasted each year in North America.
  • An Olympic Impact on the Environment

    Sochi 2014 is being touted as a man-made environmental disaster. But, while it’s easy to point the finger at the IOC or Putin, or even the UN, we cannot ignore our own accountability.
  • Safely Exploring the Backcountry

    The backcountry will call your name. If you are a skier, there comes an inevitable point in your life when the lifts in the resort just aren’t doing it for you and the untouched snow on the peaks in the distance becomes impossible to resist. When this time arrives, the question that every skier must ask himself or herself is, “Is living the dream worth risking it all?”
  • Nature: A Love Story

    “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” –Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854 Herbert Wendell Gleason. Thoreau’s Cove in Winter, Walden Pond, 1916  For those of us who make our homes in ski towns, spend our vacations in the wilderness and devote our lives...

  • New Life for Old Snow Gear

    For some it happens every season, for others its every few years, but every snowsports enthusiast will eventually ask the question: "What do I do with this beat up gear?" Here are some creative and environmentally friendly tips to help guide your answer.
  • MOOCs - Learning In A Networked World

    “Online learning is the ultimate democratizer” – Anant Agarwal, President of edX
  • Alpine Initiatives Open House in Steamboat Colorado

    AI is hosting an open house this Thursday at 5:30pm to update the community of Steamboat on what we've done, what we're currently working on and what we can collaborate on in the future.
  • Alison Gannett

    With three non-profits, two for profits, a 75 acre farm and a professional skiing career, Alison Gannett has a lot on her plate. Although, as a warrior for climate change, there is not much Alison sees as impossible.
  • All. I. Can. - Whistler Premier and Sustainability Symposium

    AI’s latest endeavor lead us out to Whistler, BC to co-host an art and sustainability symposium in collaboration with Sherpas Cinema. When the Sherpas decided they wanted to incorporate an educational piece into the Whistler premier of All.I.Can., we couldn’t have been more willing to reach out and lend a hand.
  • Toronto! Cities Alive!

    JP and I met in Toronto mid October and it has been a flurry of activity ever since... we went over all that has happened in 2009 and where we are headed for 2010. There was no shortage of ideas and direction for AI... so stay tuned After JP left I headed to the cities alive conference and had a...

  • The Age of the Unthinkable

    I'm reading an interesting book right now: The Age of the Unthinkable: why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it by Joshua Cooper Ramo.  The book is about how we are in an unpredictable and revolutionary time, when we've been relying on old systems, practices, politics and people that are no longer relevant..,...

  • Bio-Intensive

    Today we booked ourselves into a full day workshop at the Bio Intensive Agriculture Training Center.  We spent the day getting educated, alongside some of the crew from IPI, so we could bring to practice at KACH and take the knowledge home with us. John Jeavons from Willits California created Bio Intensive farming practices, which maximize land use and produce...