Climate change has become a hot topic, in more ways than one, and Utah ski resorts are doing all they can to contribute to environmental initiatives across the state. From Park City Mountain to Alta Ski Area, to Deer Valley Resort, Snowbird and Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah’s ski industry has vowed to give back with environmental initiatives and net zero goals.
In so many ways, efforts are well underway amongst Utah’s resorts. Vail Resorts has an Epic Promise to achieve zero net emissions by 2030, and Park City Mountain will be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2023. Deer Valley has partnered with Summit Land Conservancy, Utah Climate Action Network, Sustainable Slopes, and Recycle Utah increasing their composting efforts and sourcing sustainably. Alta created the Alta Environmental Center in 2008, continuing with the land conservation efforts that began in Little Cottonwood Canyon in 1933. Snowbird has won a slew of awards for their sustainability practices and recently committed to planting one tree for every pass sold for the 2020–21 season. And finally, from green lodging to green purchasing, to up-cycling glass bottles into art, Sundance Mountain Resort, as Robert Redford puts it, has always made it their mission “ to develop very little and preserve a great deal.”
Awareness is growing, and skiers and boarders are responding to the impacts of their sport better than ever before. So how can you help? We’ve rounded up a few simple changes that can have you riding the lift, guilt-free.
But if ill-fitting hand-me-downs aren’t your thing, many of today’s outdoor companies are extending the life of their products. From Patagonia’s Worn Wear, to Cotopaxi’s, The Repurposed Collection, used clothing is finding its voice in today’s climate conversation.
If you prefer the gently used route, some local shops offer used gear at great prices. Check out Lone Pine Gear Exchange, Level 9 Sports, Utah Ski Gear and Ski Trucks. Also, many shops will sell their demo skis at the end of each season!
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