Ski areas are in a unique position - vulnerable to climate change, yet with high visibility to demonstrate by example and communicate solutions to millions of visitors annually. Initiatives such as NSAA’s Keep Winter Cool initiative and Clif Bar’s Save our Snow winter road trip reflect the industry’s response to both this vulnerability and visibility.
Ski areas participating in the Climate Challenge acknowledge the opportunity to recognize and reduce their own contributions to climate change in a transparent, credible way. Challengers also will make tangible progress to reduce GHG emissions each year for the benefit of skiers and riders, ski areas, resort communities, and our planet.
Since 2012, we have participated in the National Ski Area Association's Climate Challenge, a program designed to assist resorts in measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.
Here's how we're doing:
- Diverted 112 tons of waste (30% of total waste) from the traditional landfill in 2013.
- Since 2010, invested over $1 million in snowmaking efficiencies, saving almost 2 million kWh.
- Since 2011, upgraded base-lodge lighting, saving 130,000 kWh.
- Supported the local Mad Bus public transport, conserving 74,000 miles in 2013.
- Used 46,876 gallons of biodiesel to power our off-road diesel fleet in 2013.
- In 2011, Rice Brook was removed from the list of impaired waters, resulting in recognition by the VT Agency of Natural Resources and the EPA.
- Continue to work on water remediation on Gadd Brook and Rice Brook.
- In 2012, Timbers Restaurant joined 1% For the Planet, donating 1% of sales to environmental organizations each year.