Skiers and snowboarders appreciate a solid glide down Maine’s wintry peaks, powdered snow trailing at their heels like the dust stirred up behind a Greek charioteer. They also appreciate the crowds of onlooking trees, the lung-cleansing brisk air and the wide clear skies (usually, anyway).

It’s the sort of out-in-nature experience that outdoor enthusiasts want to share — with the kids, the grandkids and the kids after them.

In an effort to ensure nature’s continued health, the IZStyle World Tour is traveling the country, educating skiers and snowboarders on how they can reduce their environmental impact. Among the dozen stops the tour is making nationwide, IZStyle brings its carbon footprint awareness to Sunday River in Newry for the second year in a row on March 6 and 7.

The two-day event is a combination of environmental good, gear demonstrations and music, featuring a host of vendors and demos at the Barker base area. Portland-based Reverb, which provides turnkey greening programs for artists’ tours as well as grass-roots outreach, partners for the free festivities.

Reverb’s Eco-Village will feature booths for regional and national environmental nonprofit groups like Oxfam America, Protect Our Winters and Native Energy, among others. Nature lovers can glean a mountain of information about alternative transportation, renewable energy and ways each of us can have an impact.

Folks motivated by freebies will enjoy the all-natural and organic food samplings from Bare Naked Granola, Evol Burritos, Stonyfield Farm and Clif Bar.

Throughout the weekend, catch the free ski, snowboard and outdoor demos from Nordica and Burton. Check out the equipment and perhaps get inspired to do some on-mountain demonstrating of your own.

And after you’ve had your fill of downhill, give the skis or board a rest on the rack and head to Barker Pub for a free show from Maine’s own Pete Kilpatrick Band from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The IZStyle World Tour brings environmental awareness to some of the folks who love Maine’s environment the most.

”It’s a great way to combine on-mountain and off-mountain activities,” said Darcy Liberty, director of communications at Sunday River.

So get up on the mountain and revel in nature’s theme park. And the takeaways from IZStyle may help ensure that your grandkids’ grandkids get to appreciate Maine’s outdoors just the way you do.

Lift ticket fees run at the standard rate this weekend, but skiers and snowboarders can always use Sunday River’s eTicket option for 10 percent off the regular lift ticket price. Discounted eTickets need to be purchased at least four days in advance at

To get more involved in the IZStyle World Tour in Maine, apply online to be a volunteer at

Shannon Bryan can be contacted at 822-4056 or

[email protected]


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