Ski Your Way to a Better Environment


Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe Ski Resort

Credit: Squaw Valley USA

Credit: Squaw Valley USA

If you’re a lover of snow and the environment, Squaw Valley USA is the perfect vacation spot. Dedicated to the environment and the outdoors, this Lake Tahoe Ski Resort is not only a place to enjoy adventure, but an outdoor classroom. Below are several examples of the resort’s strong commitment to natural surroundings.

Our Environment is Our Legacy
Squaw Valley recognizes that it is the company’s duty to preserve the environment’s fragile beauty. “Squaw Valley Ski Corporation and the entire Squaw Valley team are committed to being responsible environmental stewards as the mountain and our environment are absolutely central to the Squaw experience,” notes President and CEO Andy Wirth.  

Squaw Valley’s significant environmental efforts have been acknowledged by third-party environmental groups including the Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition. It recognized Squaw Valley as the nation’s top ranked resort for environmental practices in December 2009, and in spring 2010, Squaw Valley was voted The Best Ski Resort in the TreeHugger Awards. The resort is proud of its environmental achievements and plans to remain a leader in this field.

Squaw Valley USA is committed to a multi-million dollar environmental improvement program which has instituted extensive revegetation and erosion control projects to ensure the health and quality of the immediate surroundings. Annual projects include seeding terminal areas and erosion control projects such as road eradication and drainage improvements. 

Recycling & Waste Reduction
The resort is significantly reducing its environmental impact through its five tier recycling program. Over 250 tons of waste is diverted annually from the landfill through reuse, recycling and reduction of waste. 

Credit: Squaw Valley USA

Credit: Squaw Valley USA

Sustainable Energy
Squaw Valley has implemented revolutionary technology in each of the resort’s facilities to reduce annual energy consumption. This includes:

          -Installing a Silicon Control Rectifier (SCR) motor to run the Cable Car and a lighting retrofit (fiber optic lighting) in the Cable Car building.
          -A hydronic heat system driven by lift motors in the Funitel building.
          -An incinerator that heats the Gold Coast complex, a heat exchange system that freezes the ice in the Olympic Ice Pavilion while simultaneously heating the Swimming Lagoon & Spa.
         -Surrounding walkways at High Camp, as well as a geothermal heat pump that heats the 12,000 sq. ft. Squaw Kids Children’s facility. 

Water Conservation
Squaw Valley’s acknowledgement towards water conservation can be seen in the latest updates to snowmaking on the mountain. The snowmaking utilizes a natural snowmaking process that uses 100 percent recaptured water (snowmelt) rather than extracting from the domestic water supply. The new snowmaking guns produce the same amount of snow using half the amount of energy, meaning that Squaw Valley’s snowmaking is drastically more efficient. This results in significant non-consumptive water conservation each season.