Ski resorts are playgrounds for outdoor recreation, with clean air, healthy forests, wildlife, scenic views and an invigorating mountain environment. Traditionally, ski areas were not always eco-friendly, with bulldozers carving up fragile slopes, old-growth forests logged for ski runs, impacts on endangered wildlife, degraded water quality, and land damaged by infrastructure, condos, and parking lots. That negative development at the cost of the environment is changing thanks to a new awareness and eco-ethic fostered by resorts like Alta Ski Area, which recognizes that a healthy environment is essential for area sustainability and survival.
Alta Ski Area, tucked high in Little Cottonwood Canyon southeast of Salt Lake City, knows that its sustainability and future success lies in addressing the challenges posed by global warming, the changing climate, and increased use. Alta is committed to respecting its environment, working to reduce and recycle waste products, conserving energy, and preserving precious land and resources with partners in the greater Salt Lake City community. Alta Ski Area, which straddles both private and national forest-permitted land, has partnered with the town of Alta at its base and the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the mostly pristine area.Read