In my last nine years of snowboarding, I'm sure I have spent thousands of dollars on gas getting to the hills in pursuit of snowboarding. It is extremely difficult not to. However, in the interest of not subsidizing our current oil expoits (besides, gas is expensive and global warming does not coincide with snow falling), I try to drive as little as possible or carpool. In fact, I would like to get rid of my car. This would be easy if I never ventured into the mountains, or even if I only frequented resorts. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I tend to seek out remote backcountry areas where a vehicle is generally necessary.
Thinking of ways around this, I have so far come up with two solutions: First is riding a bike, second is hitch-hiking. The problem with the first is that in winter, biking can be difficult and very unpleasant, not to mention that if you bike 50 miles to get to the starting point, you're already beat. The problem with hitching is that it is slow, infrequently goes to the precise location, and poses a problem with gear storage (as with biking).
Taking these factors into account, I was wondering if any of you had any other solutions to this dilemma, aside from moving to a mountain town with completely adjacent backcountry areas. All ideas are appreciated.
Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:28 am Posts: 107 Location: Portland, OR
Yup, no way around it, cause not many people care. The classic "canyon crawl" up to snowbird is full of suvs with just one person in them. Nevermind that there's a public bus that runs from the mouth of the canyon to the resorts. People will always drive their own car until the price of doing so becomes prohibitive. Too bad.
-Ride a train/bus. There used to be the "Ski train" from NYC or Albany up to VT. Then you get a shuttle. Pretty cool.
carpool. this is a lot easier said than done, but if you know some folks who are citical about their impact on the world it may help. i have the same problem, i ride my bike every where, but to the mtns. in the winter. the doors fall off my cars before they blow up or break down. i have about five friends who all take turns driving, this works most of the time. still using gas though. gas isn't the real problem it's the "peoples" use of it. boy, this stuff gets me fired up. good luck with this one, if you learn something that works let me know.
Joined: Sun Nov 14, 2004 5:48 am Posts: 39 Location: Germany
I think biodiesel is an option. If it is provided by gas stations it won't freeze at low temps. Fact is that common diesel would freeze all the time at low temps if they wouldn't mix a certain amount of petrol to it, and i would say they do the same with the bio stuff.