Sustainability at Canada’s ski resorts
Canada’s ski resorts go out of their way to ensure greyhounds have an epic winter getaway, but they’re also passionate about sustainability. Here are some of the environmental initiatives underway in the country’s mountains.
The Marmot Basin in Jasper, Alberta is located in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort works closely with Parks Canada, the federal government and consulting companies to preserve and improve the environment, through projects such as increasing habitat for wildlife – including endangered woodland caribou – and reducing carbon emissions by more than 10,000 tonnes per year. Solar and wind power is used to power the resort’s internet and webcams, and its water supply comes from underground mountain streams that flow year-round. See more sustainability initiatives here.
Whistler Black Comb
Whistler Blackcomb in Whistler, BC is striving to achieve a zero operating footprint, an ambitious goal that requires achieving zero waste, zero carbon and zero net emissions. The complex is on track, having reduced its waste by more than 70 percent since 2000. In addition, a renewable energy micro-hydroelectric power station, located under the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, returns approximately 32 gigawatt hours of electricity to the grid. per year – the equivalent of powering 3,000 to 4,000 homes and the annual energy consumption of Whistler Blackcomb. Find out more here.
On Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Eye of the Wind is the world’s first wind generator with a viewPOD and the province’s first viable wind power solution; each year, the turbine offsets up to 25 percent of the station’s power consumption. Alpine and snow-clearing fleets run on biodiesel – a first for Canadian ski resorts – and lighting systems are currently in the process of transitioning to energy-efficient LEDs, including systems that light up ski slopes on winter nights. winter. There’s also the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, which is home to two orphaned grizzly bears living in a five-acre protected habitat; and leads a spotted owl rehabilitation program, a global hummingbird study, and awareness projects on the challenges facing wildlife in British Columbia. Learn more about environmental and social sustainability initiatives here.
In 2021, Mont Tremblant in Quebec became the first company in the province to obtain level 3 certification from Ecocert Canada, which confirms the integration of sustainable development principles and the implementation of eco-responsible practices. The resort is also partnering with Carbone boréal to offer guests the possibility of offsetting the carbon emissions generated by their stay; and was the first resort in the country to join Protect Our Winters Canada, a movement of businesses, professional athletes and outdoor enthusiasts advocating for large-scale political solutions to climate change. Read more here.