May 12, 2020

Schweitzer Mountain Resort Invests in Sustainability

Protecting the Mountain Environment for Future Generations

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is pleased to announce a broad-reaching initiative to reduce the environmental impact of mountain operations and take steps toward sustainability. The initiative targets resource areas such as energy, water, waste, fleet fuels, supply chain and forest health.

Schweitzer has partnered with Resource Synergy, a Spokane-based sustainability consultancy, to help identify and pursue opportunities to reduce energy consumption and waste generation. “As an avid skier, myself, it’s important to me that our participation in the sport respects the land and environment on which it depends,” says Erik Makinson, Resource Synergy’s Founder and President. “Schweitzer Mountain is positioned to become a leader within our local ski community when it comes to sustainability and it’s an honor to support them on that journey.”

Schweitzer and Resource Synergy plan to utilize the National Ski Area Association’s (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes methodology. This overarching framework for ski areas on sustainability and enhanced environmental performance was adopted by the industry in 2000 and has grown in implementation in the following two decades.

The Sustainable Slopes program encompasses the following priority areas:

* Energy

* Supply Chain

* Waste

* Water

* Transportation

* Design & Construction

* Education & Outreach

* Forest Health & Habitat

In an effort to bring even more focus to our sustainability efforts, we have joined the NSAA Climate Challenge. The goal of the Climate Challenge is to help participating ski areas inventory, target and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as engage in advocacy on climate change solutions - “Inventory, Target, Reduce, Advocate.”

“Our unspoiled mountain environment, amazing views and plentiful snowfall are some of the reasons Schweitzer is so special. Not only is investing in sustainability the right thing to do, but it's a business imperative.  We feel confident that by adopting an industry-wide methodology (Sustainable Slopes) and working with subject matter experts (Resource Synergy), we can affect real change.” says Schweitzer Mountain CEO, Tom Chasse.

For more information, please visit