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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Park City: To Ski or Not to Ski

We're currently visiting family in Park City, Utah. This area is a popular winter travel destination due to its natural beauty and famous ski resorts, and having tried the skiing in the past, it certainly is something to write home about. However, this year we've got a more relaxed agenda, so I was interested to learn about an open house at the Swaner EcoCenter and Nature Preserve. The preserve protects 1,200 acres of natural beauty just a few minutes from downtown Park City, as a habitat for local wildlife and a recreational area. The center itself has received LEED platinum certification (the highest level possible) for its innovative and sustainable design. The preserve operates year round, providing interesting summer activities as well as a winter alternative to skiing. Organized activities that may be available include organic wine tastings, artist-in-residence programs, guided nature walks, and expert talks on a variety of subjects. The center also offers a variety of youth programs, plus miles of nature trails for independent exploration. If downhill skiing is more your idea of a good time, check out these tips for reducing your impact when you hit the slopes. For the best in sustainability cred, make sure your resort has signed the National Ski Areas Association Environmental Charter. (In Park City, this list includes Deer Valley and The Canyons.) Creative Commons photo by Cedartones

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