Keep Utah Cool
Ski Utah and the 14 Utah Resorts are passionate about snow, not only because we work in the mountains, but we live, play and recreate in them as well. Utah’s resorts are committed to mitigating their environmental impacts and protecting their communities for future generations to enjoy.
Utah’s resorts are involved in multiple initiatives that address their responsibilities to the environment including policies to reduce emissions generated by operations, championing local food, carpool and public transportation incentives, recycle programs and educating guests on how they can help.
Utah’s Resort Program Highlights:
- Park City Mountain Resort purchases enough renewable energy to power chairlifts, enough wind power energy credits to offset 100% of electricity use and installed a solar array and vertical wind turbines which produce 30,000 kWh’s annually. These initiatives have reduced carbon emissions by 55,451 tons to date, which is equivalent to over 5.6 million gallons of gasoline.
- Canyons Resort’s Food and Beverage department is committed to reducing their amount of waste and have become leaders in the community by demonstrating the importance of buying locally. Working with the Summit County Beef organization and a number of local growers to procure herbs, vegetables and dairy product, The Farm at Canyons is aiming to be the first Zero Waste Restaurant in Utah.
- Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, under the umbrella of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (CCF), were awarded the 2013 Golden Eagle Award from the National Ski Area Association. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for the CCF. The CCF is a non-profit whose mission is to continuously improve the environment of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons through stewardship and education programs. http://www.cottonwoodcanyons.org/
- Sundance Resort offers a carpooling incentive for guests. Carpools arriving with four or more skiers/snowboarders receive $5 off each lift pass.
- 100% of Deer Valley Resort’s off-road diesel vehicles including snowcats, snow removal equipment, lawn and garden equipment and on-mountain heavy equipment run on bio-diesel. The ski lift diesel auxiliary power units are also run on bio-diesel.
- Snowbasin uses all reusable wares, even for BBQ’s, which has eliminated paper plates and waste from the resort.
- Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude season pass holders ride the UTA Ski Bus Routes and Trax for free. This program reduces the number of cars driving up the canyons and encourages pass holders to take public transportation.
- Many of Utah’s resorts have No Idling Policies with the objective to provide cleaner air for guests and resulting in a reduction in fuel use and cost.
- Utah’s resorts are committed to recycling materials from lodge and on-mountain operations. Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases, conserves natural resources and helps sustain the environment for future generations.
What Utah Resorts are Doing:
Brighton Resort: http://www.brightonresort.com/mountain.environment.html
Deer Valley Resort: http://www.deervalley.com/About/Information/Environment
Park City Mountain Resort: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/mountain-info/learn/environment
Powder Mountain: http://powdermountain.com/en/tickets-and-passes/lift-up/
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort: http://www.snowbird.com/environment/
Sundance Resort: http://www.sundanceresort.com/conserve.html
Snowbasin Resort: http://www.snowbasin.com/resort/sustainability/
The National Ski Area Association (NSAA) is committed to improving ski areas environmental performances across the country. With their Sustainable Slopes program, Climate Change program, The Green Room and the Golden Eagle Award, NSAA provides funding, education and support for resorts. For more information go to http://www.nsaa.org/environment/.