Play. Protect. PRESERVE.
A Growing Commitment
Mt. Rose embraces sustainability that protects the environment, improves company performance, and is good for our employees, guests, and community.
Mt. Rose’s sustainability initiatives span across our operations. Current efforts include, but are not limited to:
- We endorse the National Ski Area Association’s (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes program and have earned the NSAA’s Supply Chain sustainability certification.
- Our mountain-wide sustainable purchasing policy focuses on supporting local and environmentally conscious vendors and using recycled and renewable materials wherever possible.
- Our employee carpool program offers incentives for carpooling and parking incentives during peak periods.
- We track our GHG emissions and are exploring emissions reduction projects.
- We have received an NSAA Sustainable Slopes grant to implement a compost program for onsite food waste.
- Office operations are certified as a Nevada Green Business
- Next season, we will provide a $1 For Tahoe option when purchasing tickets, and all proceeds will go to the Tahoe Fund.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has a long history of providing an outdoor recreation experience while preserving the natural beauty surrounding us here. This includes the natural resource protection effects (best management efforts) to conserve and protect the natural resources on Slide Mountain. These efforts will ensure the continued enjoyment of this special place for generations to come.
Current practices to conserve the area’s natural resources include the protection of sensitive species and habitats, erosion control measures, water quality improvement, and native vegetation restoration.
- Building light timers and occupancy sensors to reduce electricity use.
- Upgraded three chairlift drives to decrease energy use, saving over 20,000 kWh of electricity and over 10 tons of GHG emissions during the 22-23 season.
- Lodge lighting retrofits are in progress to upgrade from CFL to LED lightbulbs.
- We will align new projects with NSAA Sustainable Slopes best practices, especially regarding materials sourcing and energy efficiency.
- 1:1 replant policy: We commit to planting a new tree for every tree that is removed for an on-mountain project. Tree species and location will be considered to ensure that new growth will benefit the long-term health of this forest.
- This season we are planting 170 blister rust-resistant trees from the Sugar Pine Foundation in areas on the mountain impacted by this disease
- New for the 23-24 season! We are installing a food composter to divert food waste from landfills and provide beneficial soil amendment.
- Recycle batteries, light bulbs, and scrap metal produced onsite.
- Encourage using water bottle filling stations to help eliminate single-use plastic throughout the resort.
- Installing energy-efficient hand dryers to reduce paper towel waste
- Implement reusable dishware at Winters Creek Lodge. We are exploring options for reusables in our Main Lodge as well.
- Use trash bags made with recycled plastic to minimize the new resources sent to landfill.
- Our sustainable purchasing policy emphasizes using locally sourced products where applicable to reduce shipping and transportation emissions.
- We are tracking our Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions to inform projects that will reduce our fossil fuel use and overall GHG emissions.
- We choose local suppliers whenever possible. We proudly partner with Drink Coffee Do Stuff, Tahoe Truckee Jerky, El Rosal Tortillas, Great Basin Brewing, Revision Brewing, and many more.
- New for the 23-24 season! We will partner with the Tahoe Fund to offer a $1-for-Tahoe donation option on our digital ticket sales. All proceeds go to the Tahoe Fund for environmental health and improvement projects.
- Our staff has formed a Blue Crew with Keep Tahoe Blue and will conduct regional clean-ups multiple times a year.
- Member of the Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition
- We are a proud Nevada Green Business, as our office operations meet the environmental standards for this certification.
- Environmental awareness and stewardship have long been part of our on-mountain culture; now, we will formally include them in seasonal onboarding.
We are committed to sustainable practices across our operations and have pledged to continue to improve and incorporate sustainability into all aspects of our business. Below are some of our accreditations and partnerships we are currently active with.