Established in 1993, these are the highest honors bestowed on a resort for environmental performance. For over 25 years, the NSAA Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence have celebrated the best North American ski area sustainability programs and the people who make them happen. Recognition is awarded in four categories: Environmental Excellence, Innovation in Sustainability, Climate Change Impact, and Hero of Sustainability.
2021 Golden Eagle Award Application
Past Golden Eagle Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2020 Golden Eagle Award Winners
Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence
Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Montana
When it comes to climate change solutions, Bridger Bowl has not only adopted many of them, but done so in a big way. The ski area’s on-site, 50 kWh solar array at mid-mountain will offset 3% of its annual energy usage, including powering the beginner lift and snowmaking in that area. It is also increasing landfill diversion rates through composting and reducing reliance on single-use items. For its multi-faceted approach to sustainability and leadership in the state, NSAA named Bridger Bowl Ski Area the winner of the Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence.
Innovation in Sustainability
Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington
with Muckleshoot Tribal School and Enumclaw High School
The team at Crystal Mountain Resort is actively shaping the next generation of sustainability heroes. The High School Climate Keepers program provides experiential education focusing on the climate crisis to 22 students at a local school. Congratulations to Crystal Mountain Resort for engaging high schoolers on climate change, developing the next generation of climate stewards and positively enriching its local community.
Climate Change Impact Award
SilverStar Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
SilverStar Mountain Resort’s comprehensive sustainability program includes lifts run on hydroelectric energy, mountain ops fleets updated to the latest low- or no-emission technologies, ride share program, EV charging stations and resource reduction campaigns in its lodging properties.
Hero of Sustainability
Matt Robinson, Sun Valley Resort, Idaho
Matt Robinson, the manager of Konditorei restaurant at Sun Valley Resort, has incorporated sustainability into every aspect of his operation, achieving both environmental and economic success as well as a 3-Star Certification by the Green Restaurant Association—the first in the ski industry—for the restaurant.
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