New Hampshire ski facilities have faced many obstacles over the last 50 years that make it difficult to run an efficient operation. The latest challenge is climate change. As the winters become warmer and shorter, the ski season has been affected by lack of snow, excess ice due to melting and refreezing, and poor air conditions. The ski industry, as well as scientists, have completed research on ways ski facilities can produce a more environmentally friendly and sustainable landscape for winter sports. Many facilities now use high-volume low-pressure guns to produce snow, and use retention ponds for their water supply. Over the last three years, the NH Pollution Prevention Program’s Green Slopes Project has expressed the urgency of changing other practices at ski facilities, including changes as simple as restricting bus and passenger car idling on the mountain, to as complex as proper fluids management. Listed below are many of the ski facilities that have put forth initiatives to better both the air quality and the environmental sustainability of their slopes.
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