Editors Note: We received the News Release below from Stevens Pass giving a progress report on the Eco-Promises that all Vail Resorts are committed to achieving. We’re happy to see a major player in the ski industry (and the one which also owns Stevens Pass) committed to zero net operating footprint by 2030. In the age of climate change a ski business that isn’t taking global warming and isn’t taking large measures to make sure we still have snow to ski on in the decades ahead is taking neither the future of its industry nor its ability to influence the habits of its customers seriously.
Take a look at what Stevens Pass reports (below). If you ski elsewhere ask the management of your hill to report in on how it’s doing in this arena. If you like (or don’t like) what particular resorts are doing in this realm — make it clear to management that you are skiing (or not skiing) their hill as a result of their environmental practices.
Stevens Pass Emissions:
In FY19 (Fiscal Year 2019), 100% of Stevens Pass energy, 5,250 MWH, was offset through Bonneville Environmental Foundation (page 43)
The chairlifts replaced this summer will use hybrid power and smart technology to reduce energy dependent on usage
Stevens Pass Waste:
This last summer’s capital project of upgrading the Brooks and Daisy chairs has diverted 99.8% of construction waste from landfills
Forest & Habitat:
In FY19, Stevens Pass expanded partnership with the National Forest Foundation to include the Treasured Landscape Project, which helped improve nearly 1,000 miles of trails and planted nearly 300 trees and other native plants on the White River National Forest (page 28)
In Stevens first year of participating in EpicPromise Day, a Vail Resorts-wide employee volunteerism initiative, Stevens Pass had 20 volunteers contribute 130 hours to help build a new ADA accessible trail at the Tierra Learning Center in Leavenworth
Through the sale of the Brooks and Daisy chairs, $18,000 was raised for each Outdoors for All and Upper Valley MEND
In Stevens first year, over $21,000 was given to Stevens Pass employees for educational grants and emergency relief funding
Over $17,000 of additional funding was raised for the EpicPromise Employee Foundation through the sale of the old Brooks and Daisy chairs
To view the progress report in more detail click here.