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Water awareness group to ride A-Basin

Nicole Formosa

ARAPAHOE BASIN ” Front Range hydro-geologist Tanya Holtz realizes that she can’t just flick her wrist and expect an endless supply of water, and that, in Colorado, water is a resource that can’t be taken for granted.

She and her husband want to spread that message to skiers and snowboarders who depend on the commodity for recreation.

Together, they formed Snowriders for Rivers ” an informal group of snowboarders aiming to raise awareness of the impacts skiers and snowboarders have on mountain towns, resort communities and downstream water users.

“It’s really so we can show that just because we’re in the thirsty Front Range doesn’t mean we feel entitled to the water we get,” Holtz said.

On May 6, Snowriders for Rivers will hold its first a ride-a-thon at Arapahoe Basin to draw attention to water conservation and to raise money to send a teacher to the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s water leaders course next year.

Snowriders hopes to collect $2,000 from the ride-a-thon and encourages riders to pledge $100 toward the cause, Holtz said.

The ride-a-thon will be informal and the group welcomes any skiers or riders to join in for all or part of the day.

“It’s really just to go up there for the day, take as many runs as you want (and) hang around,” Holtz said.

The group will staff an information booth, hand out stickers and promote environmentally sound practices such as carpooling to the mountain and reducing the amount of garbage skiers and snowboarders generate.

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