Global Dream Jump Goes Down in Dubai

A Dream Jumper off of Dubai's Princess Tower the world's second highest residential structure. Photo courtesy Dream Jump Dubai

A Dream Jumper off of Dubai’s Princess Tower the world’s second highest residential structure. Photo courtesy Dream Jump Dubai

Honey, did you just see a man in spandex zip by our picture window? That was some of the reaction among residents of Dubai’s Princess Tower as apparently not everyone got the head’s up about the global Dream Jump, an event that invited professional athletes to zip line, freefall, and perform stunts from the top of the world’s second highest residential structure.

Sponsored by Skydive Dubai, the event ran from April 13 -19 and featured more than 10 kilometers of multiple zip lines designed to allow users to experience free-fall without using a parachute. These “Dream Jumps” are gaining popularity around the globe as bungee jumps without a recoil. [Read more...]

Show Me The Numbers: How Eco-Friendly Are Ski Areas?

Poop Power: One Vermont cow produces 30 gallons of manure a day. Killington’s K-1 Express Gondola and Peak Lodge are powered solely by manure from local dairy farms. Photo courtesy of The Rainmaker Blog

Poop Power: One Vermont cow produces 30 gallons of manure a day. Killington’s K-1 Express Gondola and Peak Lodge are powered solely by manure from local dairy farms. Photo courtesy of The Rainmaker Blog

How eco-friendly are North American ski areas? Let me count the ways. In fact, recycling and swapping out light bulbs, while still very important, have almost become somewhat passé steps toward sustainability at ski areas.

Nowadays you’ll find everything from wind turbines and on-mountain micro-hydro power plants to uber-efficient multi-million dollar snowmaking systems and electric vehicle plug-in stations.Heck, some ski areas will even recycle your ski boots if you leave them laying out for too long. Here’s a closer look by the numbers at how some ski areas are getting green done. CONTINUE TO FULL POST