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Do your bit at a ski resort clean up

Written by Fiona May 25 2012

Thousands of skiers and snowboarders descending on Scotland’s ski resorts every winter can leave a bit of a mess. And every summer, the Ski Club of Great Britain calls on generous volunteers to help with a clean up. On June 16, the fifth annual Big Spring Clean takes place at CairnGorm Mountain, the Nevis Range and Glenshee.

While volunteers will need to get on with the tiring task of litter picking, they will be rewarded with a range of activities including free or discounted mountain biking and an eco walk.

If you’re feeling generous with your time, and want to give something back after all your skiing this year, organisers have asked for volunteers to meet at 10am at the base of one of the three areas.

Gloves and bags are provided and there will be tea and cakes for everyone who brings back a bag of litter. Last year 44 sacks of rubbish were collected across all three resorts by skiers, walkers and dedicated litter pickers.

At Glenshee, the Ski Club is teaming up with Scott Sports to host a mountain bike demo day. This includes a range of bikes of mixed sizes for Big Spring Clean volunteers to try out on the mountain trails and explore Glenshee. The mountain biking is free of charge for all volunteers once they have filled a bag of rubbish.

Cairngorm Mountain is offering the chance to litter pick as part of a guided walk. This will involve taking the funicular up to the stunning top station and walking down as a group under the supervision of a Cairngorm Walks Guide. Volunteers will litter pick their way down the mountain while enjoying a fascinating insight into the wildlife, geology and weather from a local guide.

At Nevis Range, once Big Spring Cleaners have done their bit for the environment, they can take a spin on the vast and varied Nevis Range tracks. Mountain bikes are available to hire for half price to all volunteers.

The Spring Clean is part of Respect the Mountain – an environmental campaign led by the Ski Club of Great Britain. It was set up in 2004 and has so far donated over £35,000 to date to a range of environmental projects.

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