Climate Change: The Climate Challenge

The NSAA Climate Challenge is engaging ski areas across the country to take action and fight climate change. The Challenge will not only result in measurable, quantifiable results and benefits, it will also help participating ski areas make tangible progress each year to fight climate change while reducing utility bills, and convey results for the benefit of skiers and riders, ski areas, resort communities, and our planet. Through the Challenge, resorts will continually set goals and measure the success of the goals each season to ensure they are honoring the commitments made. 

Arapahoe Basin

  • One of the eight founding members of the NSAA Climate Challenge.
  • Signatory to proposals that are presented to Congress.
  • Climate Challenge reinforces commitment to inventorying resort’s greenhouse gas usage and commitment to reduction.

Copper Mountain

  • Copper has joined the NSAA Climate Challenge.
  • Signatory to proposals that are presented to Congress.
  • Specifics:
    • In the past year Copper Mountain has installed two Windspire Vertical Axis Wind Turbines and resulting in 577 kWh's of generated power; the energy reduction saved is equivalent to saving 1 barrel of oil.
    • Copper Mountain has continued its dedication on recycling and composting in specific resort food and beverage locations.
    • Throughout this process Copper has placed guest educational signage emphasizing the power of reusing products. 
    • During the 2011-12 season, the resort recycled more than 31 tons and composted more than 78 tons, thus deterring 109 tons of waste in local landfills.
    • The Copper Environmental Foundation (CEF) is an employee supported foundation started in November 2007 by Copper employees, with a long-term goal to support environmental initiatives in Summit County and the surrounding area. The Copper Environmental Foundation supporting local environmental efforts through grants.
    • The Copper Environmental Foundation (a non-profit 501c3) is a program dedicated to the environmental sustainability of Copper, Frisco and the surrounding areas.

Crested Butte

  • Crested Butte is involved with state and local governments.
  • Specifics:
    • In 2010, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) signed on as a charter member of the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge (CIEC), a program set forth by the Governor’s Energy Office for industrial businesses in the state to work together with leaders to achieve energy efficiency goals.
    • As part of that program, CBMR set the goal to reduce its overall mountain operation energy consumption by two percent per year, with the base line year being measured in 2008. 
    • In July 2011, CBMR was announced as one of five large industrial businesses in Colorado to be awarded the Excellence in Energy Efficiency by Governor John Hickenlooper.
    • CBMR is also active locally with Gunnison County and participated in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign 2006 ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability).
    • CBMR is a member of the Gunnison County Carbon Task Force, which developed strategies and policy measures to reduce greenhouse gases in Gunnison County.
    • The resort supported Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) when he introduced Clean Energy Standard (CES) legislation. The bill, S.2146, requires utilities to generate an increasing amount of the country's electricity through the use of renewable energy such as wind and solar power. It also calls for the use of other relatively clean and carbon-neutral sources, like natural gas, nuclear power and "clean coal" technology.


  • One of the founding resorts of NSAA’s Climate Challenge
  • Currently in second year of participation in the Climate Challenge.
  • Specifics:
    • Telluride has set a goal to reduce carbon emissions by one percent per year for the next five years.
    • This goal is to be achieved through operational and behavioral changes resort-wide.

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