The award season is in full force at the National Ski Areas Association annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif. Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence and the National Ski Area Safety Awards took center stage.
The Golden Eagle Awards, now in their 20th year, recognize ski area environmental programs and projects.
“Ski area environmental programs have come a long way in 20 years, particularly in their level of sophistication, demonstrated results, and their concerted focus on addressing climate change,” said NSAA President Michael Berry.
Winners were California’s Homewood Mountain Resort (reduced erosion); Utah’s Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude won an unprecedented joint award (conservation project on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest); New York’s Greek Peak (green building effors), and Vermont’s Killington (energy conservation). Awards are based on three resort size (annual visits) categories.
The National Ski Area Safety Awards, sponsored by Wells Fargo Special Risks, are given to resorts doing an outstanding job of educating employees and guests about skiing and snowboarding responsibility.
Honored were Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colo. (Best use of new/social media); Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Best safety week program); Arapahoe Basin, Colo. (Best helmet safety program); Canyon Resort, Utah (Best terrain park safety program); Sun Valley Resort, Idaho (Best employee involvement); Mt. Ashland, Ore. (Best employee education); Sugar Bowl, Calif. (Best chairlift safety program); Keystone, Colo. (Best community outreach); Kirkwood, Calif. (Best avalanche safety program); (tie) Mount Hood, Ore. and Snowmass, Colo. (Most creative safety initiative); Blue Mountain, Pa. (Best overall safety program in category); Mt. Ashland, Ore. (Best employee education); and Copper Mt., Colo. (Best overall safety program in category).