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. To date, $561,000 in cash and in-kind funding has been awarded to ski areas seeking to reduce their footprint and increase their environmental stewardship.
Thanks to our sponsor HKD Snowmakers for providing funds to ski areas with the goal of making their snowmaking programs efficient and sustainable.
Applications are closed for 2019. Stay tuned for information on how to apply in 2020.
For background information on the Sustainable Slopes Grant, click here.
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