Gallery: Top 6 Sustainable Winter Resorts for Snowboarding and Skiing i...

Planning on hitting the slopes this President's Day Weekend? Be sure to choose a resort that values good environmental practices - ski resorts are a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, but they also have a big impact on the environment and they have to do their part to minimize their footprint. Fortunately, all of the resorts in America are rated for sustainability by the Ski Area Citizen's Coalition and given a grade letter A-F. The grades are based on 35 environmental criteria in four main categories: habitat protection, protection watersheds, addressing climate change, and environmental policies and practices. Read on for a list of the 6 greenest resorts in the US!

Snow is a critical factor for skiing and snowboarding, so if your favorite ski resort hasn’t made the connection between climate change and their resort, they clearly don’t get it. Your resort should be placing a strong focus on protecting their land, water resources, energy use, waste and a lot more. If you’re resort isn’t in this top 6, check to see how they’re doing on Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition. An A grade means the resort has a strong program focussed on protecting their environment. A B grade or below means the resort needs to ramp up their policies.

1. Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, UT

Park City Mountain Resort lands the top grade for sustainability with 93%. With a strong focus on habitat and watershed protection, PCMR knows their ecosystem is super important. In 2011, the resort installed a solar array and vertical wind turbine, which produce around 30,000 kWh’s annually.

2. Stevens Pass Ski Resort, Skykomish, WA

Coming in second is Stevens Pass Ski Resort in eastern Washington with a grade of 92.3%. The resort has a strong commitment to protecting and restoring the natural resources and has a long list of sustainability campaigns to reduce their impact and educate their guests.

3. China Peak Mountain Resort, Lakeshore, CA

Located up from Fresno, China Peak Mountain Resort lands 3rd place with a score of 91.7%. The western Sierra resort is dedicated to the concepts of reduce, re-use, recycle to minimize their footprint. Operating on USFS land, the resort is ultra committed to protecting the forest and the land and works with Cal Poly and local nuseries to ensure the vegetation is healthy.


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