Adopted by the ski industry in 2000, Sustainable Slopes provides an overarching framework for ski areas on sustainability and enhanced environmental performance. Sustainable Slopes has two key parts - The Pledge for ski areas and the Skier Sustainability Code.
Approximately 200 U.S. ski areas have signed on to the Sustainable Slopes program, and have committed to incorporating sustainable practices into their operations.
For our member resorts: tools to help you achieve a sustainable operation.
Current year: 2019 Annual Report
Sustainable Slopes Grant Program
Launched in 2009, the grant program provides cash and in-kind funding to support sustainability projects at NSAA member ski areas. Through 2019, $561,000 in cash and in-kind funding has been awarded to ski areas seeking to reduce their footprint and increase their environmental stewardship.
Thank you to Charles Santry and the team at HKD Snowmakers for their sustainability leadership, providing equipment to ski areas to make their snowmaking programs more efficient and sustainable.
Congratulations to our 2020 Grant Recipients!
Schweitzer Mountain Resort (ID) - implementation of plastic/waste reduction plan
Cochrans Ski Area (VT) - HKD snowmaking grant*
China Peak Mountain Resort (CA) - HKD snowmaking grant*
* HKD Snowmakers has generously provided both ski areas with in-kind donations of low-energy snowmaking equipment, valued at $25,000 each.
Thank you to all ski areas that applied!
Congratulations to our 2019 Grant Recipients!
Crystal Mountain (WA) - EV chargers installation & capacity expansion
Mt. Hood Meadows (OR) - diesel engine pre-heaters to reduce idling
Sugarbush Resort (VT) - EV supply equipment
Whaleback Mountain (NH) - HKD snowmaking grant
Additional Resources for Ski Areas:
Supply Chain Greening – Policies and Practices
Facts on Snowmaking
Profiting from Sustainability Presentation (Brendle Group and RRC) (2014)
New NSAA Study: Profiting from Sustainability (2014)
Small Resorts Guide to Energy
"Taking Sustainable Slopes to the Next Level" Guide (2008)
Greening Your Ski Area: A Pollution Prevention Handbook