Saturday, February 21st, has been designated the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes Outreach Day. Ski areas across the nation will educate their communities and guests on environmental efforts to support NSAA’s Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter created to assist resorts in the development of sound environmental programs and responsible stewardship of natural resources.Telluride, Colorado – February 18, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] This year NSAA teamed up with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to promote a “Keep Winter Cool” theme, aimed at raising global warming awareness and identifying what skiers, snowboarders, and resort operators can do to alleviate the problem. Telluride Ski Area (Telski) has adopted NSAA’s Climate Change Policy that addresses the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through several resort initiatives including lighting retrofits, purchasing wind power, using alternative fuels and promoting mass transit and carpooling. Telski supports last year’s McCain/Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act, a bi-partisan bill to cut heat-trapping pollution from major U.S. sources, including electric utilities, major industrial and commercial entities and refiners of transportation fuels, which together account for nearly 80 percent of U.S. carbon emissions. Along with other prizes, Telski will award a 2004/2005 ski pass to one lucky participant in the event, “Passport to Environmental Awareness”. Stations will be set-up around the mountain at places of environmental interest and educators will be present at stations to explain the details of each conservation effort. As the skier visits each station, their “passport” will be stamped. All skiers with a fully-stamped passport can enter into a drawing to be held at the end of the day for a season ski pass, golf passes, and more. This year’s stations will offer information on avalanche forecasting and cloud seeding, carbon measurement in Prospect Basin fens, energy-efficient lighting, lynx and river otter wildlife reintroduction programs, solar and wind energy, beetle-killed trees and blowdowns and bio-deisel. Passports can be picked up in the morning on the day of the event at all Telski ticket selling locations or the Plaza Nature Center in Mountain Village. Instructions for the event and directions to stations will be printed on the passport. Skiers must make it around to all six stations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and fully stamped passports should be returned to raffle station at Gorrono Ranch restaurant by 2 p.m. Drawings will begin at 3 p.m. Participants must be present to win prizes.