We are proud that our sustainability program goes beyond a roadmap for ski area operations. Sustainability is part of our culture. We have large-scale projects such as LED certified new maintenance shop, and special efforts made when constructing lifts to minimize our environmental impact. Additionally, all of us as staff are engaged in recycling and reducing our energy usage both on-site and at home. We are working to teach skiers and riders simple ways to reduce their impacts on an everyday basis.
Waste reduction efforts are part of every employee’s daily job responsibilities. Sorted recycling bins are available across the mountain for assorted items.“Hydration stations” encourage guests to refill their own water bottles. Several departments participate in the TerraCycle Zero Waste box program, allowing us to recycle otherwise non-recyclable items like lift tickets and single-use masks.
Being proactive about wasteful energy consumption helps the resort save energy. Our IT department created a program that turns off every resort computer at night if not being used. Energy efficiency is also important, with the Facilities department replacing more than 500 lightbulbs with low-energy options.
The National Ski Area Association’s “No Idling Policy” was adopted in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel costs, and vehicle hours. Idling times must be limited to 5 minutes for gas-powered vehicles and 15 minutes for diesel. Guests are strongly encouraged to adhere to these guidelines in addition to staff and mountain vehicles.
Public Transportation & Carpooling
We strongly encourage guests and employees to ride the Targhee Shuttle or to carpool to the ski area. Season Pass holders and employees can ride the shuttle for free.
Employees making purchasing decisions are encouraged to purchase from environmentally responsible companies that manufacture environmentally friendly products.
We work to provide a functional event venue that encourages guests, staff, and partners to limit the environmental impacts of their events. Reusable mugs and recycle bins are always provided, shuttles are provided, and vendors are held to high standards regarding their waste creation and energy use.
Department Sustainability Plans
Each department at Grand Targhee Resort develops a sustainability plan specific to their own operation. These plans outline ways for their employees to uphold and contribute to the resort’s sustainability goals within the scope of their day-to-day responsibilities. From ski patrol and food and beverage to marketing and accounting, no one is excluded from having a plan.
Employee Environmental Fund
For more than 10 seasons, GTR employees have supported the work of POW and various Teton County organizations. Via the Employee Environmental Fund, employees donated pre-tax dollars from their paychecks, and all donations are matched by the resort. More than $80,000 has been raised in support of land conservation and stewardship in our home county.