Climate Change - advocacy and action

Climate change is the number one threat to the snowsports industry - and NSAA and its member resorts are taking action.

Ski Areas: Click here to find the latest climate advocacy opportunities.

Ski Industry Climate Change Policy

NSAA pledges to take the following actions:

  • Educate the public and resort guests about the dependence of winter sports on natural ecosystems, the potential impacts of climate change on the winter recreation experience, and how they can reduce their GHG emissions.
  • Make members of Congress aware of the dependence of winter sports on natural ecosystems and the potential impacts of climate change on the winter recreation experience.
  • Advocate for the national reduction of GHG emissions through legislative, and regulatory measures.
  • Support science-based solutions to climate change, including the use of renewable energy technologies.
  • Partner with appropriate organizations and agencies to assess opportunities to reduce resort emissions and increase energy efficiency; invest in new, more efficient products, practices and technologies; and measure emission reductions. 

Climate Solutions Trail Map 

(Click to enlarge)


Outdoor Business Climate Partnership

The outdoor recreation industry is responsible for bringing $887 billion to the U.S. economy, and provides over 7.5 million jobs. Climate change is the biggest threat to our business, and to our way of life. That's why the National Ski Areas Association, Outdoor Industry Association, and SnowSports Industries America have banded together to create the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership - a way to amplify our collective voice in Washington, and to advocate loudly for bipartisan solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. Learn more here

 We Are Still In

We Are Still In

We Are Still In has launched a “US Climate Action Contribution Platform” for businesses like ski areas to commit to new climate actions or enhance existing actions and submit them through this platform. It is easy to join by creating an account – click here – and submit your resort’s ‘contribution’ to making progress toward our country’s Paris Agreement commitments in the absence of federal government action.

Climate Change Advocacy

Quick view: Summary of NSAA's Climate Change advocacy work

Click here for information on a market-based climate change solution that would reduce GHG emissions, internalize the cost of pollution and stimulate the economy.  

Word Sample Climate Change Advocacy Letter to Chairman Kathy Castor (2019)
Word Sample Thank You Letter on Carbon Tax Bill (HR 6463)
Html US Alpine Resorts Leveraging Their Power for Climate Solutions
PDF NSAA/SIA Comment Letter on New EPA Power Plant Rule (2018)
PDF Taking Action on Climate Change
PDF Climate Change Talking Points (Member-only access)
Word Sample Letter on Joining the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
Wall Street Journal Ad by Businesses Supporting “Low Carb” USA
 OpEd by Alta’s Onno Wieringa and Black Diamond’s Peter Metcalf

Word General Climate Change Advocacy Sample Letter  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Support Letter for McDermott Climate Bill (HR 972)  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Support Letter for EPA Power Plant Rule  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Climate Change OpEd  (Member-only access)
Word Sample Carbon Tax OpEd  (Member-only access)

PDF Snowsports Letter to President Obama on Paris UN Climate Meeting
PDF 115 Ski Areas Support Climate Declaration
PDF 2012 Wind Energy Production Tax Credit
PDF 2012 EPA Power Plant Rule
PDF 2012 Clean Energy Standard Legislation (S. 2146)

Sample Letter on Joining the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus