What is the Climate Challenge?

The Climate Challenge is a voluntary program dedicated to helping participating ski areas inventory, target and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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How Will a Ski Area Benefit?

Participants in the Climate Challenge have the opportunity to minimize their impact on their natural environment; to save money through energy-saving projects; and to participate in advocacy efforts that can have positive and wide-ranging impacts to their communities. The Climate Challenge positions the ski industry as a leader among outdoor recreation industries in taking immediate and effective action to combat the effects of climate change.

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Annual Climate Challenge Reports

2023 Climate Challenge Annual Report

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NEW: Climate Challenge Grant

NSAA and flaik have partnered to give Climate Challengers the opportunity to receive financial support for GHG reduction initiatives at their ski area. 

We are pleased to announce the inaugural grant winners for the 2022/23 ski season: Summit at Snoqualmie, WA, and Timberline Lodge, OR!

Summit at Snoqualmie plans to use their $5,000 grant funds to retrofit lighting in their maintenance shop. Their goal is to reduce energy consumption, remove environmentally unfriendly items from their mountain and improve lighting conditions for the staff. With the new LED lights, Summit at Snoqualmie projects a 60% kWH/year reduction in the shops and a potential GHG emission reduction of more than 8 mtCO2e per year.

Timberline Lodge plans to user their $5,000 grant monies as a part of a larger funding operation to purchase and install a wastewater bioreactor at their on-site brewery. Their goal is to reduce biosolids sent to the landfill, improve local wasterwater treatment and reduce landfill transportation GHG emissions. Timberline estimates a vehicle emissions reduction of 3 mtCO2e per year and a reduction of biogenic emissions of 1.1 mtCO2e per year.

NSAA would like to thank flaik for their support of the Climate Challenge program and contributions to the critical work being done by Climate Challengers. This partnership will enhance and enrich our collective efforts as we work to reduce the impact of climate change on our industry.

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