U.S. Ski & Snowboard, a national and global leader in snow sports, is committed to addressing climate change and stewarding sustainability of winter sports. Millions globally are inspired by winter sports and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles in winter environments. Climate change threatens our winter environments with receding glaciers, rising sea levels, volatile weather cycles and less snowfall.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s vision is to make the United States of America the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding. Our mission is to lead, encourage, and support athletes in achieving excellence by empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and fans. We will achieve this excellence in our environmental practices by acting to sustain the sports that inspire us daily. We will tackle climate change by reducing our environmental footprint and promoting environmental responsibility. We intend to achieve our goals while minimizing our organization’s impact on the environment and helping to preserve the ability of future generations to safely live and play in our shared natural environment. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is long-term. A healthy environment benefits everyone – employees, fans, athletes, sponsors and the community at large.
To reach this vision, we adopt the following three guiding principles:
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard will utilize and promote sustainable business practices within our organization, with our business partners, suppliers, sponsors and in our hundreds of events and competitions we organize, manage and sanction.
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard will educate our stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, parents, staff, clubs and fans, about the effects of climate change on the future sustainability of our sports.
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard will collaborate with resort partners, environmental groups, other sports federations and industry organizations to collectively promote and support environmentally sustainable practices in every aspect of the snow sports industry.
By formulating specific action plans based on these guiding principles, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will strive to lead nationally and globally in all aspects of sustainable practices in the snow sports world.