Water Quality

Watershed restoration. 

Snowbird works tirelessly to improve the quality of the water and the vegetation not only around the resort, but throughout Little Cottonwood and American Fork Canyons. Snowbird continues to conduct resort-wide revegetation programs by planting approximately 2,000 native species seedlings every summer with  TreeUtah .

Slow the Flow 

Did you know that about 75% of water in the western U.S. comes from snowmelt? As a protected drinking water source, it is important that Snowbird helps promote water conservation by making decisions that save water while engaging and educating our guests to do the same. We are proud to partner with the Slow the Flow program to help teach people that what runs off of Snowbird today may end up in your tap tomorrow. 

We continue to improve on our water conservation efforts around the resort, recently adding an option for guests at The Cliff Lodge to not have their sheets and towels changed as frequently, using less water and electricity by not washing these items daily.

Upon Snowbird's inception in the early 1970's, we built a seven-mile sewer system down Little Cottonwood Canyon, connecting to a waste water treatment facility in Salt Lake City, instead of using less expensive, but environmentally risky septic tanks.

Mary Ellen Gulch

Snowbird acquired land in Mary Ellen Gulch in American Fork Canyon. As we have done in the past, we partnered with Trout Unlimited in the summer of 2018 to do a watershed restoration project on some historic abandoned mines in American Fork Canyon. By working with Tread Lightly! and the Forest Service, we strive to protect human and environmental health, while finding ways to meet the various desires of different user groups. 

Fresh Taste Without Waste – Mountain Tap Water

We installed water bottle fill stations throughout the resort, decreasing the use of plastic water bottles and showcasing Little Cottonwood Canyon’s delicious mountain tap water.