Snowbird’s ongoing commitment to be environmentally sound and aware has helped Snowbird become an industry leader in sustainability efforts.
Snowbird is a recipient of The Gold RCI Green Award for 2020. The RCI Green Awards spotlight 3 resorts committed to sustainable practices in their resort operations. Third-party eco-certification expert GreenCircle Certified, LLC selected winners based on their innovations in energy and water conservation, waste management, community outreach and environmental management.
Snowbird received The Gold RCI Green Award for its “Play Forever” corporate responsibility commitment to help combat climate change and preserve the area’s snowy winters. The resort also tracks energy usage and performance and conducts resort-wide vegetation programs by planting approximately 2,000 native species seedlings every summer. Guests at Snowbird can also utilize the offered electric vehicle charging stations.
Snowbird was named in Outside Online "America's 10 Most Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts" in 2018.
Along with partners Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service and Tiffany & Co., Snowbird made history by becoming the first private landowner in Utah to help fund a mining-era clean-up effort to eliminate tailings that were affecting the American Fork watershed.
Snowbird won the 2007 Golden Eagle award from the National Ski Area Association. In addition to the Golden Eagle Award, Snowbird’s participation in the Pacific Mine reclamation project was recognized with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Achievement Award and the State of Utah’s 2007 Earth Day Award. Snowbird was also nominated for the 2007 Silver Eagle award for Excellence in Visual Impact for the Peruvian Tunnel construction and received a 2008 Silver Eagle finalist nomination for Excellence in Water Conservation and Water Quality for its Pacific Mine restoration project.
Snowbird won the 2017 POW Day, a partnership between Protect Our Winters (POW), Ski Utah and Discrete Clothing. POW Day raises local and national awareness around environmental responsibility. The day was designed to encourage skiers and riders to carpool, take UTA or ride-share to help lower CO2 emissions, reduce traffic congestion and increase the overall awareness around environmental accountability.
In 2008, the Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition awarded Snowbird an “A” grade after surveying the resort’s environmental commitment to a number of categories, including its footprint, development plans, protection of local species and environment, water and energy conservation, transportation and other key areas.
In December 2005, Snowbird became the first ski area to partner with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in an effort to provide funds for conservation projects around the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, where the resort is located.