Every winter we enter the season with high hopes of amazing snow fall. Some years, all we can hold onto is the hope of next week's forecast bringing the weather we are dreaming of. In the PNW last winter, resorts seemed to be about 1,000 vertical feet too low. With only the mountain tops getting snow and the rest of the hills being drenched with rainfall, the season didn’t amount to much.
The important question we must all ask ourselves is, "Are humans having an effect on the world's climate, and if so, then how much?" Businesses are taking note of this possibility and beginning to create a more symbiotic relationship with the world around them.
Steven's Pass in Washington is one of them. We only got a handful of powder days in our home mountains this past season. The high temperatures have us searching for answers in hopes of deepening not only our snow levels but our understanding as well. The burning question here is, if it is even remotely possible we are harming the planet why would we even risk it? Isn't it time we take steps to ensure a livable world for our future generations? The lack of winter at home has sparked our thoughts and inspired an adventure of taking a serious, heartfelt look, at how we… as winter enthusiasts, are impacting the environment we so desperately rely on.
Riders: Matt Wainhouse, Ian Wood, Sean Fithian, Forrest Burki, Ryan McLaughlin, Jim Guindon, Tim Carlson
Film/Edit: Sean Fithian
Additional Filming: Ian Wood
Music: "Pretender"- Black Marble
Score: Peter Muller