Wild Mt.

Ski areas across the U.S. are hardly standing by on the sidelines when it comes to climate change. They are taking action to combat it by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through significant investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.


“The ski industry took a leadership role on this issue over a decade ago, and we continue to advance this mission,” said Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Industry investments are in the use of wind, solar, geothermal, micro-hydro and other sources.


Berry said owners and operators of ski areas are well aware of the scientific studies and projections regarding the long-term potential impacts of climate change, and says the industry remains optimistic about the future. He points to the statistics that ski areas have enjoyed the best 10-year average on record and an average of 57.5 million skiers and snowboarder visits nationally.


Ski areas have also raised awareness of climate change among guests and the general public by promoting a “Keep Winter Cool” program with advice ranging on recommending buying the least polluting, most efficient vehicle to carpooling or taking public transit.


Photo: Wild Mt., Minnesota