In 2011, the team at Park City embarked on a journey to decrease the mountain’s carbon footprint by accessing the resources available to our industry. Park City's first Carbon Emissions Study was completed that same year through the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Climate Challenge. As one of eight resorts participating in the inaugural year of the voluntary program, Park City was able to evaluate its operations and impact on natural resources and the local environment.
The NSAA Climate Challenge is dedicated to helping participating ski areas reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reap other benefits in operations, such as reducing energy usage costs and overall carbon footprint. The data collected during the 2011 calendar represented all facilities that were owned and operated by Park City, including lodging facilities, on-mountain facilities, lifts, and snowmaking operations. As a result, the Park City team now has a baseline detailing carbon emissions levels, which has helped in the development of a long-term plan for reducing our carbon footprint.