Climate Change / Climate Challenge

What isClimate the Climate Challenge?

The Climate Challenge is a voluntary program dedicated to helping participating ski areas reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reap other benefits in their operations, such as reducing costs for energy use.

How Will a Ski Area Benefit?

In addition to taking a leadership role in the industry's efforts to fight climate change, the ski area will directly benefit from participation in the program.

Climate Change Resources 

-  How to engage with utilities on decarbonizing the grid (member only access)

-  Climate Change Talking Points 2018 (member only access)

-  Ski Industry Climate and Sustainability Partners Chart 

Harvard Business Review article:  What businesses need to do now on climate change (2018)

Carbon Tax Forum (2018)

Click here for information on a market-based climate change solution that would reduce GHG emissions, internalize the cost of pollution and stimulate the economy.  


We Are Still In

We Are Still In has launched a “US Climate Action Contribution Platform” for businesses like ski areas to commit to new climate actions or enhance existing actions and submit them through this platform. It is easy to join by creating an account – click here – and submit your resort’s ‘contribution’ to making progress toward our country’s Paris Agreement commitments in the absence of federal government action.

Cc Report

PDF  2018 Climate Challenge Results

PDF  2017 Climate Challenge Results

PDF  2016 Climate Challenge Results

PDF  2015 Climate Challenge Results

PDF  2014 Climate Challenge Results

PDF  2013 Climate Challenge Results

PDF  2012 Climate Challenge Results


Get More Information On How to Apply


Ski areas across the country adopted an Environmental Charter in 2000 to address the environmental concerns of our industry. The Charter, commonly referred to as "Sustainable Slopes," identifies climate change as a potential threat to the environment and our business. Although we are not a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, many resorts across the country already are taking steps to reduce their own, limited GHG emissions.

To collectively address the long-term challenges presented by climate change and continue our commitment to stewardship under the Sustainable Slopes program, we hereby adopt this climate change policy. Through this policy, we aim to raise awareness of the potential impacts of climate change on our weather-dependant business and the winter recreation experience; reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions; and encourage others to take action as well. We are committed to working toward solutions that will keep both the environment and economy healthy and preserve quality of life. To this end, we will take the following actions:

  • Educate the public and resort guests about the dependence of winter sports on natural ecosystems and the potential impacts of climate change on the winter recreation experience; educate guests on how they can help reduce GHG emissions.
  • Raise policy maker awareness of the dependence of winter sports on natural ecosystems and the potential impacts of climate change on the winter recreation experience.
  • Advocate the national reduction of GHG emissions through legislative, regulatory or voluntary measures.
  • Support sound, science-based solutions to climate change, including the use of renewable energy technologies.
  • Partner with appropriate organizations and agencies to assess opportunities to reduce resort emissions and increase energy efficiency; invest in new, more efficient products, practices and technologies; and measure our emission reductions. 

Climate Change Advocacy

Word Sample Climate Change Advocacy Letter to Chairman Kathy Castor (2019)
Word Sample Thank You Letter on Carbon Tax Bill (HR 6463)
Html US Alpine Resorts Leveraging Their Power for Climate Solutions
PDF NSAA/SIA Comment Letter on New EPA Power Plant Rule (2018)
PDF Taking Action on Climate Change
PDF Climate Change Talking Points (Member-only access)
Word Sample Letter on Joining the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
Wall Street Journal Ad by Businesses Supporting “Low Carb” USA
 OpEd by Alta’s Onno Wieringa and Black Diamond’s Peter Metcalf

Word General Climate Change Advocacy Sample Letter  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Support Letter for McDermott Climate Bill (HR 972)  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Support Letter for EPA Power Plant Rule  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Climate Change OpEd  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Carbon Tax OpEd  (Member-only access)

PDF Snowsports Letter to President Obama on Paris UN Climate Meeting
PDF 115 Ski Areas Support Climate Declaration
PDF 2012 Wind Energy Production Tax Credit
PDF 2012 EPA Power Plant Rule
PDF 2012 Clean Energy Standard Legislation (S. 2146)

Sample Letter on Joining the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus