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Accomplishments and Accolades

Arapahoe Basin is proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable recreation. Below are accolades bestowed upon the ski area for its efforts to walk lighter on the planet, even in ski boots.

2019 - Ski Area Management Magazine 2018/19 Best in Marketing Awards, "Best Ritualization of Sustainability:" Our Sustainability Sundays social media video campaign was recognized for its publishing of "simple, achievable, environmental content on a weekly basis, and doing it on Sundays allowed this messaging to not step on the all important Wednesday through Saturday weekend ramp up. Each message highlighted areas where A-Basin was taking steps to improve its sustainability and also invited guests to participate."

2018 - SKI Magazine and NSAA Golden Eagle Award, "Hero of Sustainability:" In May 2018, Arapahoe Basin Senior Manager of Guest Services & Sustainability, Sha Miklas, was recognized as a Hero of Sustainability for her efforts in creating and leading the A-Basin sustainability program - one of the leading programs in the industry. 

2017 - Summit County Resource Wise Program - Silver Business: A-Basin was the first and, at the time, the only ski area in Summit County to be designated a silver-level business as part of the county's Resource Wise Program. It recognizes business that positively impact the local community by reducing carbon emissions, energy use and waste, and by improving recycling, composting and green purchasing practices. 

2017 – Colorado Association for Recycling: In June 2017, A-Basin received the award of “Outstanding Business Recycling Program” from the Colorado Association for Recycling. The award is given annually to the Colorado business best exemplifying both community leadership in and strong commitment to innovation in their waste reduction efforts.

2014 – NSAA Golden Eagle – Waste Reduction: A-Basin was recognized by the NSAA with its highest environmental award for the ski area's strong waste reduction efforts. Through recycling, composting and implementing reusable dishware and cutlery, A-Basin has been able to keep more than a third of its waste from the landfill.

2008 – NSAA Silver Eagle – Visual Impacts (Montezuma Bowl): A-Basin’s 400-acre Montezuma Bowl terrain expansion was constructed during the summer of 2007 with an emphasis on minimizing environmental impacts. Alternative construction methods were used to limit disturbance on the ground: no roads were built and only about 3 acres of trees were removed. The bottom terminal of the Zuma Lift also boasts a small solar array and a composting toilet.

2005 – NSAA Silver Eagle – Water Conservation (Snowmaking): In order to reduce the impact of snowmaking, Arapahoe Basin undertook a decade-long study on the stream from which we divert water. The ski area addressed concerns and developed alternatives to maintain consistent stream flows, protect fisheries, improve water quality, and minimize impacts in the Snake River Basin. As a result, healthy stream habitats promote a thriving fish population and high diversity of invertebrates and other creek dwellers.

For more information please contact Sha Miklas at or Mike Nathan at

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