Respect the Mountain
Snowboard Club UK (SCUK) is supporting the snowsports community RESPECT THE MOUNTAIN campaign.
Show the world that you care
With climate change now a reality and snowboarding being dependent on the climate for its future, SCUK believes that unless we all take action now, the mountains we love may not be the same for our children. Some scientists even predict that by the end of the 21st Century, 90% of the Alpine glaciers will have melted as global warming pushes up temperatures.
Those who love the mountains and care about their future can now show their support and respect by wearing the RESPECT THE MOUNTAIN green wristband, which costs £2 each. Purchase
All profits raised from the sale of the wristbands goes straight towards the
tree planting scheme and research project.
Seven steps to preserve the mountains
The aim of the campaign is to remind people to be aware of the delicate
environment we live and play in and advises people to try and follow the
- Be aware of your environmental
impact as snowboarders and skiers
Educate yourself about your environmental impact on the mountains, and
what you can do to minimise it.
- Do not leave litter on the slopes
When the snow melts, the litter will still be there. Bin it or take
it home. Orange peel takes up to two years to break down, and cigarette
ends up to five years. If you find litter on the slopes, do the right
thing - pick it up.
- Respect the natural habitat of mountain animals
If you ride through trees, you can damage them by knocking off branches
and killing young shoots under the snow. Take care. Many areas are out
of bounds to protect the natural habitat of animals and plants - not
just for safety reasons.
- Choose a resort which uses environmentally
Many resorts now use bio-diesel fuel in piste-bashers, solar panels
for heating, hydro-electricity/wind energy for power and a host of other
initiatives. Some resorts use the International Standards Organisation
(ISO) 14001 as a mark of their environmental credentials.
- Encourage tour operators to adopt green policies
Find out if your tour operator offers train travel as an alternative
to flying, if they use paper from sustainable forests for their brochures,
if they use, for example, low-wattage light bulbs in their chalets and
- Do your bit to reduce global warming on holiday
and at home
Re-use your towels each day, re-cycle household waste and switch off
electrical appliances when not in use.
- Reduce CO2 emissions
By flying fewer miles, or switching from air to rail, you can help reduce
the volume of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. When
possible, use your bike instead of your car.
Don't worry we don't mean cycle to resorts, all we want is for you to respect the precious environment we love to live and play in. Thank you for your support!
To buy your RESPECT THE MOUNTAIN wristband:
- Purchase one with your SCUK
- Visit us at a SCUK
event such as the SCUK Summer Bash or SCUK Winter Bash.
- Come to this summer's AIM
- Join in with one of the future SCUK nights.
- Order on the phone, by calling 09065 224 698 (and be sure to mention "Snowboard Club") where the cost of the call pays for your wristband
- Purchase at the Ski Club Online Shop (SCUK shop coming in the summer).
Buy one for yourself, your friends, your family or colleagues! Everyone wearing
a band shows their commitment to the environment and you will have helped a
very worthy cause.
for all scheme
The generous donations made by the snowsports community will enable over
400 trees to be planted as part of the Trust's new Tree For All campaign.
Tree For All is the largest children's tree planting initiative the UK
has ever seen inspiring today's youngsters to become environmental custodians
of the future. It is a bold campaign with the vision that every child
should have the chance to plant trees. Over the next five years Tree For
All will see:
- 12 million trees planted across the UK - one for every child under the age of 16 in the UK
- One million people, especially children, involved in planting trees through school planting events, public events and even in their own back gardens
Further information can be found at www.treeforall.org.uk
Snowboarders and skiers (we don't always like each other, but) both use the mountains
and SCUK thank Ski Club of GB (www.respectthemountain.com)
for starting this initiative and also thank the support given by Ellis Brigham,
TSA, Natives, Avalanche Sports, NUSSC, BASI, Goneboarding, Ski NL, Dutch Ski
Club, Orange AIM Snowboard & Ski Series, Soul Sports and many others signing up
all the time.