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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is located in the beautiful White River National Forest. We are committed to being thoughtful stewards of this exceptional mountain environment so that current and future generations can continue to enjoy it in every season.
More than 20 years ago, A-Basin co-founded and adopted the National Ski Area Association’s (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter. The charter pledged the ski industry and member ski areas to be leaders among providers of outdoor recreation in committing to environmental stewardship and improving environmental performance in all aspects of their operations.
In 2011, we joined with seven other ski areas and the NSAA to launch the Climate Challenge, a voluntary agreement that requires participants to track and publicly report their resource usage and emissions data, engage in climate change advocacy, and implement on-site emissions reductions projects each year. Now including more than 40 participants, Climate Challengers have reduced and offset greenhouse gas emissions at their ski areas by 247,852 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over 9 seasons – just shy of 20% of their total emissions over that time.
A-Basin is now a leader in ski-area sustainability, regularly winning awards since 2005. Our efforts are broad, company-wide, and intentionally built into both our culture and our business. By conserving and limiting our resource use, protecting our spectacular natural surroundings, and working hard to educate our guests and staff alike, A-Basin is finding ways to walk lighter on the planet – even in our ski and snowboard boots.
We all have the power to save the powder!
In 2018, we took a significant step by developing a strategic sustainability plan meant to work alongside the ski area’s overall master development plan. This plan, and its six, aggressive sustainability goals, are having sweeping effects on the way the ski area operates and driving us toward our goal of being carbon neutral by 2025. Here’s how we will get there:
100% renewable electricity
75% waste diversion
Increase carpool and public transportation participation
Ecosystem stewardship and wildlife management
No net increase in water use
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This year’s report focuses on the unprecedented 19/20 season. It goes without saying that season was a different experience for us in many ways. Through all the uncertainty and unprecedented challenges, sustainability remained a constant focus.
We completed a major water efficiency project that is leading to huge reductions of our overall water usage and associated emissions. We’ve continued to focus on waste reduction. The scrap metal recycling that came with the replacements of Molly Hogan and Pallavicini chairlifts helped us realize our highest landfill diversion rate to date: 63%. Through Xcel Energy’s focused efforts and our on-site solar arrays, more renewable electricity is making its way to the ski area than ever before.
In short, sustainability was able to weather the storm thrown at us in the 2019-20 season and we continue to make steady progress toward our 2025 goal of achieving 100% carbon neutral operations.