Play Forever

🌱 Our commitment to protect the environment and support our community.
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Play Forever

🌱 Our commitment to protect the environment and support our community.
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Snowbird's Play Forever commitment.

"Climate in Utah is changing rapidly.  We need to take deliberate action now."
— Dave Fields, President and General Manager, Snowbird

Want to keep skiing? Us too.

At Snowbird, we intend to Play Forever. Through our Play Forever corporate responsibility commitment, we are committed to protecting the environment and supporting our communities. We've made great strides toward protecting the long-term viability of the mountain adventure community and the planet, but more can be done. Ultimately, the soul of our sport depends on the health of our planet, and protecting the environment is core to who we are. Climate change is real, and it is affecting the ski industry. It is imperative that we do our part to make decisions that help the environment and maintain our cold, white winters.

We believe we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep the places we love to ski, ride and hike around. Every day, every season, we're making measurable improvements to our operations by reducing our waste and carbon emissions, and improving air and water quality. We share our mission to Play Forever with everyone who comes more alive in the mountains or while at play, and encourage and educate others so they can make meaningful changes too.

Snowbird is an awarded industry leader, setting the standard for environmental stewardship, education and advocacy. In 2016, we welcomed the first Director of Sustainability to our management team ensuring we practice what we preach.

Introducing Snowbird Power Systems

What is Snowbird Power Systems? Snowbird Power Systems is a high-efficiency energy system mainly compromised of a cogeneration facility that produces electricity from natural gas with its main goal being a reduction of energy and heat loss. Snowbird's new and vastly improved cogeneration plant will be up and running soon, replacing the current system that has been in operation since 1986. The new cogeneration facility is the latest in a series of major sustainability initiatives undertaken at Snowbird.

Snowbird Powers Up

Since 1986, Snowbird has been the only resort in North America to operate a cogeneration plant. Thanks to Snowbird Power Systems, the new and improved plant will power The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Center, The Aerial Tram and other chairlifts.

  • Snowbird Power Systems lets Snowbird avoid coal and instead uses natural gas, which emits about 50% less carbon dioxide
  • The carbon dioxide emissions saved by SPS is the equivalent to removing the emissions of burning over 4 million pounds of coal a year
  • Snowbird Power Systems covers 100% of Snowbird's summer energy needs

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Did You Know?

100% of Snowbird’s summer power and 90% of winter power is produced in-house from the natural gas used in Snowbird Power Systems which emits 50% less carbon dioxide than burning coal.

Since the start of the glass recycling program in the summer of 2017, Snowbird has recycled 100,000 pounds of glass.

Through the R.I.D.E. program, more than 250,000 pounds of carbon dioxide have been kept out of the atmosphere last winter alone.