Sustainable Slopes

Ski Sustainably on These Utah Slopes

In the face of climate change, Utah’s famed snow playgrounds are getting serious about green initiatives.

By Allison Williams February 26, 2020 Published in the March 2020 issue of Seattle Met

Park City, home to a whole bunch of ski lifts, has pledged 100 percent renewable energy use by 2030.


Snowbasin, just up- hill from Huntsville, is so good at minimizing waste, it models the practice for other resorts; there’s almost nothing single-use in the new Earl’s Lodge Servery at the base, and more than 90 snow guns have switched over to high efficiency, low energy models. 

Park City

Park City, home to film fests, celebrity sightings, and approximately a billion chairlifts, has pledged 100 percent renewable energy use and net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Since the town instituted a plastic bag ban, hotel guests get a reusable bag at check-in. 


When the snow melts at powder haven Alta, staff carefully pluck saplings from the middle of ski runs, then raise them in a nursery until they can replant the young trees off the ski paths. The ski area has reforested a region shorn bare by twentieth- century mining. 

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