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Championship Skiing Means Carbon Offsets at Squaw

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The best skiers in the country are competing in the U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships at Squaw Valley this week.  For the first time, the event will be carbon neutral.

One-hundred-seventy skiers of all levels will be competing.  They and the fans will drive or fly in and that accounts for about 70 percent of the pollution the event produces.  

Amelia Richmond with Squaw Valley says the resort has already made arrangements to offset any negative impacts of the event, "We partnered with Carbon Lighthouse to basically estimate the carbon footprints for this event and then buying carbon offsets to offset it which are going to be used here within California to do some really great things for reducing the carbon footprint of the state."

People who are in Tahoe to see all of the events will have to stay until Sunday.  The schedule has been pushed back a day because Wednesday's events were snowed out. 

It's been a busy month at Squaw.  Last week, the resort held a North American SkiCross event for skiers to qualify for the highest level of competitive skiing -the World Cup.   
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