One company alone can’t solve the climate crisis; it’s through ongoing collaboration that, together, we’ll have the most impact on protecting and preserving the great outdoors. Today, alongside Alterra, Boyne Resorts, and POWDR, we’re excited to announce the Climate Collaborative Charter—the ski industry’s first unified effort to combat climate change.

At Vail Resorts, we’re proud of the substantial progress we’ve made toward achieving a zero net operating footprint across our resorts by 2030 with our Commitment to Zero goal. Now, we look forward to partnering with these passionate leaders, and the entire industry, to leverage our industry-leading progress and support many others on the same journey.  We recently reached our 50 percent waste diversion milestone and will be 93 percent powered by renewable electricity by 2023. As we celebrate these successes and continue to prioritize reaching our Commitment to Zero goal, we are also always looking for opportunities to both learn from others and share our best practices. 

Two years ago, Kate Wilson, Vail Resorts’ senior director of sustainability, shared a stage at Mountain Towns 2030’s inaugural conference with leaders from Alterra, Boyne Resorts and POWDR to discuss the threat of climate change and the need for sustainability to be at the forefront of resort operations. It was in that moment that the four agreed working together would accelerate progress and amplify the voice of the ski industry in pushing for comprehensive climate policies. With Kate’s leadership, we have been working together on the Charter ever since.  

As a part of the Climate Collaborative Charter, all four ski industry leaders have agreed to operate their respective resorts with sustainability at the forefront and use their collective voice to advocate for effective public policy on climate action in order to leave a positive legacy for future generations of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts. View the full press release here.