Our guests help us remove 87,600 bottles from our waste stream annually. That turns out to be 240 bottles of water per day.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is the first resort in North America to ban the sale of single-use water bottles, instead offering refillable bottles at the same price point as a disposable bottle.
The refillable bottles have a slim, flexible design to fit easily in a jacket pocket for easy hydration on the slopes and have since become a widely popular alternative. These inexpensive, reusable pouches can be purchased at these resort locations:
Guests can refill their bottles at over 20 refill stations across the resort.
Drink Mountain Tap is a ground-breaking program, in my mind. We’re fortunate to live where we do: we have some of the cleanest drinking water in the world and there’s no reason not to embrace it. The thing with the single-use plastic water bottles is that 80% end up in our landfills, which then oftentimes end up in our oceans. Over 40 billion plastic water bottles end up in a landfill or the ocean every year in the U.S. alone. Hopefully this initiative shifts people’s mindsets away from single-use to reusable products that they can carry into other aspects of their life …"
--Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder and founder of Protect Our Winters.
Why Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is taking on this initiative
- Each year, the United States uses 17 million barrels of oil to produce single-use plastic water bottles
- 40 billion single plastic bottles end up in our landfills and oceans each year in the United States
- Imagine a single-use plastic bottle ¼ full of oil. This is how much petroleum is needed to produce one plastic bottle
- Fill a single-use plastic bottle three times and dump it out. That is how much water is wasted to produce a single plastic bottle
- Only 1 in 5 single-use plastic bottles end up being recycled—80% end up in our world’s oceans and landfills.
- On average, a gallon of California tap water costs less than a penny. When compared to tap, bottled water can be 500 to 1,000 times more expensive
- If you were to drink the recommended 64 ounces of water per day in bottled water, you would waste 1,382 standard size plastic bottles every year
- A plastic bottle is not biodegradable and will take over 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill
We encourage you to carry a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated for free with our great tasting, mountain tap water. There are over 20 Refill Stations across the resort.