Environmental Stewardship

Here at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, we are dedicated to preserving our winters and alpine environment for current and future generations. We understand that our business is dependent on our ability to care for and cherish our natural resources, and we believe in the fundamental notion that the mountains, streams, forests and lake are not our commodities, but our community. We pledge to continue to reduce our footprint, remain early-adaptors or sustainable technologies, and to work within our community to encourage our peers and partners to do the same. “Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and the entire team are committed to being responsible environmental stewards as the mountain and our environment are absolutely central to the Squaw and Alpine experience,” notes President and CEO Andy Wirth.

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Environmental Initiatives

Drink Mountain Tap

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has discontinued selling single-use water bottles, and as a result, will remove over at least 28,000 bottles from our waste stream and landfills each season. We encourage you to carry a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated for free with our great tasting, mountain tap water. There are 20+ refill stations located throughout the resort.

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POW Parking Program

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has partnered with Protect Our Winters (POW) to offer free premium parking to guests who carpool to the resort with four or more passengers in the vehicle. The program, called “POW Parking,” aligns with the resort’s mission to reduce its carbon footprint, raise awareness about how transportation contributes to climate change, and promote carpooling and efficient transportation within the region. 

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Red Dog Forest Health Revegetation 

In the Fall of 2014, Squaw Valley conducted an ecological forest thinning project that not only enhanced skiable terrain, but removed more than 5,000 dead or diseased trees from the Red Dog region of the lower mountain at Squaw Valley. The extensive revegatation project improved the natural habitat and greatly reduced the risk of wildfire.

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Electric Car Charging Station

Squaw Valley is proud to be the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and California to install electric car chargers at the base of the resort. These 4 charging stations are free of charge for guests to use while they enjoy their time on the slopes and the Village. 

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Green Efforts at Squaw Valley Events

Minimizing the environmental impact of all events held at our resorts is a top priority.

  • 2009-2016: Wanderlust Yoga Festival has been a waste free event
  • 2013 & 2014: The U.S. Alpine Championships were carbon neutral
  • 2014 & 2015: North Lake Tahoe Ironman reduced waste and the use of plastic water bottles
  • 2015 & 2016: WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Bluegrass Festival was held at Squaw Valley as a waste free event

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Uniform Recyling

Since 2009, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has donated over 10,000 retired jackets to NSAA’s Sharing Warmth Around the Globe (SWAG) and to other natural disaster relief efforts. The SWAG organization coordinates the distribution of old ski uniforms each year to those in need in cold weather countries around the world.