Save our Snow

We live, work and recreate in a mountain setting and we want to continue this lifestyle for years to come.


We live, work and recreate in a mountain setting and we want to continue this lifestyle for years to come. Therefore, we along with others in our industry, have adopted a policy to reduce emissions generated by our operations, actively investigate and implement additional ways that we can pro-actively address this matter and educate others on how they can help.


All of our lodges feature efficient lighting, waterless urinals, low-flow faucets, and energy star appliances.

2009 - Installed solar thermal panels at Mid-Mountain Lodge

2011 - LED lights were installed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Legacy Lodge

These upgrades reduce our carbon emissions by over 940 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Energy Efficient

Efficient snowmaking equipment allow us to make snow at slightly warmer temperatures and reduces our air compressor use, which saves electricity, money and reduces our carbon footprint.

We have installed 84 energy efficient snow guns, which are responsible for 35% of the resort’s snowmaking.

Snowmaking energy efficiency measures reduce our carbon emissions by over 1000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Solar and Wind Power

2004 - Began purchasing enough renewable energy to power chairlifts.

2008 - Began purchasing enough wind power renewable energy credits to offset 100% of electricity use.

2011 - Installed a solar array and vertical wind turbine, which are expected to produce 30,000 kWh's annually.

2013 - Installed two solar voltaic arrays at the base of our mountain.

Our purchasing of renewable energy credits has reduced our carbon emissions by 55,451 tons to date, which is equivalent to over 5.6 million gallons of gasoline.

Carbon Reduction

Over 50% of our snowmobile fleet has been replaced with 4-stroke rather than 2-stroke engines, which reduces pollutants and greenhouse gases. Because of this upgrade one of our departments reduced their gas consumption by 1,000 gallons in one year.


2004 - Initiated a ‘no idle’ policy for all vehicles.

A professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer College of Engineering found that for every hour spent idling, a vehicle discharges 9.7 pounds of carbon emissions (diesel engines emit 19 pounds). Multiply that by 15 or 20 cars, buses and SUV’s in the drop-off area of most ski resorts and the carbon emissions add up!

2005 - Began using B20 bio-diesel in 100% of our diesel powered vehicles and equipment. The use of bio-diesel has avoided the release of 2,033 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere over the last eight years.

Park City Mountain Resort's Environmental Efforts in Detail (last updated November, 2013)

Overall energy consumption and carbon footprint:

Carbon Footprint for FY13 from energy use 14,637 tons.

Electricity 11, 777 tons 80.46%
Diesel Fuel 1,497 tons 10.23%
Natural Gas 824 tons 5.63%
Gasoline 259 tons 1.77%
Propane 105 tons .71%
Landfill 175 tons 1.20%

CO2 avoided from permanent energy saving initiatives 389 tons
CO2 avoided using B20 & B5 biodiesel 280 tons CO2 avoided by recycling 280 tons
CO2 avoided by recycling  65 tons
Annual reduction from purchasing wind power 10,966 tons
FY13 adjusted carbon footprint 3391 tons

Park City Mountain Resort reduced their carbon footprint by 76.83% for FY13

Wind Power:

-       We purchase wind power to annually offset 100% of our electrical consumption

-       We have purchased 92,000,000 kWh’s of wind power to date

-       Our wind power purchases have avoided 55,451 tons of CO2 released into atmosphere


Energy Efficiency Measures:

-       We have completed a long list of energy power conserving Energy Efficiency Measures, totaling over $2.4 million. Due to these measures we are saving over $262,000 annually in energy costs and reducing our electricity use by approximately 3.5 million kWh’s.


      Our Carbon Footprint since 2005:

-       We have reduced our carbon footprint by 67% since 2005

-       We have reduced 24,978 tons of CO2 through our Energy Efficiency Measures and offset 55,451 tons by purchasing wind power for a total of 80,429 tons of CO2 reduced.

-       Our carbon footprint reduction is equivalent to not driving 175 million miles, or the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 15,201 passenger vehicles, or the CO2 emissions from 8.2 million gallons of gasoline consumed.


Facilities and lodges:

      Lodges and buildings:

                  - When upgrading our buildings, we make them as energy efficient as possible.

                  - All of our buildings feature CFL or LED lighting

                  - Air doors have been installed to reduce heat loss

                  - When upgrading appliances, energy star appliances are used

- We have reduced our energy consumption through programmable thermostats, motion sensors for lights, dimmers, and more efficient lighting, heating, and appliances

- All but one of our restaurants use washable plates and utensils, saving approximately 450,000 disposable plates, bowls and utensils from the landfill every ski season

- Our restrooms feature waterless urinals (59 total), each of which saves 40,000 gallons of water per year. We use toilet paper and paper towels from recycled paper. We also have battery operated sink faucets and other reduced flow fixtures.


-  Our recent Mid Mountain Lodge improvements include:

  • The installation of CFL’s, which will save approximately 11,000 kWh’s annually. A reduction of over 20,000 pounds of CO2
  • The installation of Solar Thermal Panels will pre-heat the hot water at Mid Mountain Lodge and avoid 19,444 lbs of CO2 emission annually


- Our recent Mountain Patrol improvements include:

  • The installation of programmable thermostats, which helps to reduce energy by heating more efficiently
  • The installation of a fan on wood burning stove heats the building more effectively
  • This project cost $1000 and saved 12,120 kWh’s and $970 in the first season

LED Christmas lights on the plaza:

- In the Fall of 2009 we upgraded the 1,100 Christmas lights from incandescent to LED.

- This project cost $1,100 and will annually save $1,141 in electricity costs by avoiding 14,263 kWh’s annually.

- The LED Christmas light project reduces our carbon footprint by over 23,000 pounds of CO2 annually

Heated plaza:

- We recently increased our footprint by 550 tons by installing a heated plaza to reduce ice and improve safety for our guests

- However, by using natural gas rather than electricity we avoided 1,905 tons of CO2 annually


Daily mountain operations:

Biodiesel fuel:

- We use biodiesel fuel in all of our snowcats, heavy equipment and lift apu’s, which has reduced our carbon emissions by 2033 tons over the last eight years


Efficient snow making equipment:

- We have 84 new energy efficient snow guns, which are responsible for 35 percent of the Resort’s total snowmaking operations.

- Energy efficient snowmaking equipment enables us to make snow at slightly warmer temperatures, as well as reduce our compressor use, therefore saving electricity, money and reduces our carbon footprint.


Snowmobile fleet: 

- We have replaced over 50% of our snowmobile fleet with 4 stroke engines rather than 2 stroke engines to reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gases. This upgrade has resulted in 1000 gallons less gas used in one of our departments compared to same period in one season.

New PayDay lighting:

- We recently replaced the lighting for night skiing on PayDay.

- We upgraded the old 1500W quartz bulbs to new 150W metal halide bulbs.

- These new bulbs will more consistently light the run from top to bottom, and save, 140,000 kWh’s annually


Recycling and Reducing:

- Here at PCMR, we make an effort to recycle or reuse everything possible. We either reuse or recycle all aluminum, glass, plastic, cardboard, tires, antifreeze, batteries, paper, rubber, among other materials.



- Since the 2007/2008 season we have recycled 243,000 pounds of cardboard, which we bale in our own facility.


- Since the 2007/2008 season we have recycled 264,000 pounds of comingled material that would have been taken to the landfill

      Waste Oil:

- The Resort generates between 1500 to 1700 gallons of waste oil per year and uses this waste oil to heat the maintenance shop, which helps reduce the amount of propane needed for heating the building by an estimated 2600 gallons.

Save our Snow:

In 2006 Powdr commissioned the first-ever comprehensive scientific study looking at the effects of global warming on the climate at Park City Mountain Resort and the community of Park City, Utah. The results of this study—presented at a community-wide meeting on January 9, 2007—were both frightening and clear: if carbon emissions remain as they have over the past several decades, by 2075 the climate in the Park City area will be cool enough to support an all-winter snow pack at only the highest reaches of Park City Mountain Resort, or from approximately 8,500 to 10,000 feet above sea level, cutting the resort’s skiable/ride-able terrain by as much as two-thirds

Powdr followed up Save Our Snow I with a second climate change study in 2009, this time focusing on the economic impacts the resort and town would suffer as a result of the forecasted diminished snow pack. Save Our Snow II’s findings were as alarming as the first study: by as early as 2050 the potential economic impacts of a retreating snowpack could be as high as $392.3 million in lost output, $66.6 million in lost earnings and 3,717 lost jobs.

Global Cooling Paper

2007 vs 2009 Climate Change Compare

Sept 29, 2009 Climate Change Assesment

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