The sustainability framework for ski areas

Founded in 2000, Sustainable Slopes is a way for ski areas to commit to sustainable practices across their operations.

2021 Sustainable Slopes Annual Report

Over 200 U.S. ski areas have signed on to NSAA's Sustainable Slopes program. They demonstrate their commitment to sustainability in 10 topic areas:
sustainable slopes badges

Ski Area Endorsers    Annual Reports    Grant Program     Endorse Sustainable Slopes

The Ski Area Pledge

 Ski Area Pledge  

The Skier Sustainability Code    

Skier Sustainability Code


Sustainable Slopes Annual Report

Current year: 2021 Annual Report

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Sustainable Slopes Grant Program

Launched in 2009, the grant program provides cash and in-kind funding to support sustainability projects at NSAA member ski areas. To date, $671,220 in cash and in-kind funding has been awarded to ski areas seeking to reduce their footprint and increase their environmental stewardship. Click here for more information, used in the 2021 application process.

Thanks to our sponsor HKD Snowmakers for providing equipment to ski areas to make their snowmaking programs more efficient and sustainable. Click here to see a video from HKD celebrating its grant recipients.

Congratulations to our 2021 Grant Recipients!

  • Copper Mountain Resort (CO) - native seed/plant education seminar
  • Sugarloaf Resort (ME) - diesel timers & no idling signs
  • Boyne Mountain (MI) - five HKD Impulse R5 snowguns
  • Wild Mountain (MN) - two HKD Volts with onboard air compressors

* This season, HKD Snowmakers offered grants to two ski areas with a combined value of $59,048. 

Past Sustainable Slopes Grant Winners