Editor’s note: The chat’s now over, but you can replay it in full.

Dearest readers,

Do you get all hot ‘n bothered over the idea of blizzards? Are you also wearing your snowshoes to work each day, just so you’re “ready” when the skies finally let loose? (I’m not the only one, am I?)

snowboarderWho you callin’ powder puff?Photo: Tim AhlersIf so, don’t miss our live chat with Protect Our Winters Executive Director Chris Steinkamp today, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at 3 p.m. Eastern (Noon Pacific). We’ll be pouring ourselves a steaming cup of tea as we dive into the hot topics of serving as snow protectors of the winter sports community as well as the powder and the power “consumers” have to keep the slopes dope in the face of global warming and other challenges.

Protect our Winters (POW) is a non-profit organization started in 2007 by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones and focused on mobilizing the snow sports community against climate change. Prior to working at POW, Chris was the director of marketing at action sports entertainment company Teton Gravity Research.

Have to flake out on the chat? Feel free to submit your questions for Chris (or me) in the comments below. But it would really be much more cozy if you hit the slopes with Chris Steinkamp and Grist in live-chat style.

Black-diamondly,
Umbra