Snowbird initiated the R.I.D.E. Program (Reducing Individual Driving for the Environment) for the 2016/2017 season to incentivize guests and employees to choose alternative transportation to the resort besides driving on their own vehicles. Through the efforts of the R.I.D.E. program, more than 250,000 pounds of carbon dioxide have been kept out of the atmosphere this past winter, which is equivalent to not consuming 43,000 gallons of gas.
Snowbird Launches New Carpooling R.I.D.E. app
Snowbird's new app in conjunction with the R.I.D.E. program is the first of it's kind in the ski industry! App users work together with Snowbird to improve air quality, reduce traffic and earn rewards. The app has been created with a focus of not only improving Snowbird's traffic and air quality, but it also to scale to ski resorts nation-wide.
The Air is Clearer Up Here
Snowbird became an “Idle Free” resort in the fall of 2016, with added signage around the resort asking our guests and staff to “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free".
Snowbird added electric vehicle charging stations in 2018 to promote cleaner transportation through the canyon. Snowbird's new charging stations provide the largest electric charging capacity of any resort in Utah.
Snowbird continues its partnership with the Utah Atmospheric Trace Gas & Air Quality Lab to monitor air quality at the top of Hidden Peak as a background comparison site to valley monitoring locations, and make this data readily available online.
Carbon Emissions Reduction
Since 1993, Snowbird and TreeUtah have been improving air quality together, one tree at a time. Together, we have planted over 9,000 new trees.
Snowbird purchased new Tier 3 Caterpillar snowcats which meet California emission standards and we are currently looking at updating future snowcats to meet Tier 4 standards. Snowbird is currently exploring alternative fuel options, including biodiesel. Snowbird provides Electric Vehicle Charging stations for our guests and employees.