Sustainable Slopes

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Sustainable Slopes, adopted by the ski industry in 2000, provides an overarching framework for ski areas on sustainability and enhanced environmental performance.

Click here to see a list of ski areas endorsing the Environmental Charter.

A report is issued annually summarizing, see below for each year's report:

Ss Report

PDF 2018 PDF 2012 PDF 2006
PDF 2017 PDF 2011 PDF 2005
PDF 2016 PDF 2010 PDF 2004
PDF 2015 PDF 2009 .PDF2003
PDF 2014 PDF 2008 .PDF2002
PDF 2013 PDF 2007 .PDF2001

Sustainable SlopesSustainable 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

Past Sustainable Slopes Grant Winners


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