Boyne Resorts is committed to a goal of reducing carbon emissions to net zero throughout our North American operations by 2030.

A hiker enjoys a stroll in the wilderness.

Human driven climate change is an urgent issue for the world and most certainly for the snowsports industry. Though we have been a thoughtful steward of our resort properties over the last eight decades, it was clear to our team that we were not doing enough and fast enough if we are to truly help reverse the effects our carbon footprint has on the planet's climate.

Our commitments guiding ForeverProject, starting with moving to 100 percent renewable electric energy, reduce a significant portion of our carbon footprint and give us a huge head start on our efforts to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. We have always tried to take the long-term perspective on our business and this environmental sustainability initiative steps up our efforts to positively affect the lasting implications our resorts, team members and guests have on the planet.

Stephen Kircher, Boyne Resorts President and CEO

Stephen Kircher

Our Sustainability Effort

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Mindful Efficiency

Create and maintain a culture of reduction: energy use, waste output, water impact; balanced with maximized utilization of our human, technological, natural, and financial resources.

Tireless Conservation

Protect the natural environment unwaveringly, ensuring proper use for purposes related to outdoor recreation, and preserving or rehabilitating the land over which we are stewards.

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION

Support and reward outreach and partnerships that extend beyond all traditional boundaries, providing deeply valuable impact among our team members, and in our communities, industry, and environment for the long term.

Our Approach

NET ZERO EMISSIONS

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    COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL/REGIONAL UTILITIES SUPPLIERS TO IDENTIFY AND ACT UPON OPPORTUNITIES OF EVERY SCALE TO REDUCE ENERGY AND FUEL USE
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    ENGAGE EXPERTS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS TO HELP CHART A PATH TOWARD A FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS
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    FULLY IMMERSE NET ZERO INTENTIONS, TACTICS, AND TARGETS INTO THE COMPANY’S CULTURE
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    THOROUGHLY AND CONTINUOUSLY EDUCATE TEAM MEMBERS ON THE PURPOSE AND SPECIFIC PLANS, THE NECESSITY OF THEIR SUPPORT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE, AND THE VALUE OF THEIR INPUT AND IDEAS
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    PURCHASE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY WHERE AVAILABLE AND PARTICIPATION WITH LOCAL/REGIONAL GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE IN EACH RESORT COMMUNITY
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    FURTHER REDUCE ELECTRICITY USE THROUGH FOCUSED AND ONGOING REVISION OF RESORT OPERATIONS PRACTICES IN AREAS SUCH AS SNOWMAKING, SNOW GROOMING, AND TURF MAINTENANCE
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    CONTINUED ENHANCEMENT OF LOW-ENERGY AND PROPRIETARY SNOWMAKING EQUIPMENT
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    PURCHASE OF ONLY THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS, AND TECHNOLOGY AT ALL LEVELS OF THE OPERATION; UPGRADING AS POSSIBLE
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    UTILIZE GREEN BUILDING GUIDELINES FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITY AND REAL ESTATE PROJECTS
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    REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON NATURAL GAS
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    FORMALIZE THE COMPANY’S HISTORICAL COMMITMENT TO PLANTING TREES AS A MEANS OF OFFSETTING ENERGY USE

OUR FOUNDATION

A LOOK BACK & AHEAD

Boyne Resorts has maintained a 73-year history of environmentally conscious and conservation-related actions. Snowsports, golf, mountain biking and more take place across the 30,000 acres the company proudly stewards, implementing creative innovations and initiatives to protect, preserve, and sustain. In the early 1970s, a tree planting project was launched, resulting in thousands of pines being planted that now tower at nearly fifty feet in height and substantially offset the acreage used to create its northern Michigan ski facilities.

The company first patented its highly energy efficient snowmaking equipment nearly 50 years ago and worked continuously to improve this technology and its efficiency. The technology and equipment used today reduces electric energy consumption by 96% from those technologies used in the early 1970s while delivering a superior snow product that has transformed the quality of the skiing surface. Another similar commitment came in the early 1980s when efforts were made to reactivate a company- owned hydro dam that has since supplied clean power for roughly ten percent of Boyne Mountain Resort's energy consumption over the past 45 years.

A black and white image of Boyne Mountain from the archives.
A black and white image showing two men inspecting a snowmaking gun.

 

Additional historical and ongoing practices:

 

  • Many cafeterias operate as disposable-free facilities with composting also being a mainstay practice at some locations
  • Active focus on energy consumption at the company's three New England resorts enabled a combined decrease of 30 million kilowatts consumed for making snow between 2007 and 2020
  • Resort-based green committees were formed 20+ years ago to activate sustainability practices locally, creating many programs such as recycling initiatives that significantly reduced the company's impact on the environment
  • Early adopter of plant-based meat alternatives helping to reduce resources used in meat production
  • A 1,000-acre preserve was created in 2010 and includes commitment of resources and effort necessary to nurture the area's forests, waterways and fisheries
  • Boyne Resorts has purchased and continues to purchase thousands of acres of forests and undeveloped property for the purpose of protection from intense over development
  • Golf operations in Maine, Michigan, and Montana eliminated the use of plastic water bottles, equating to approximately 100,000 fewer bottles for disposal
  • Earth-friendly chemicals have been introduced to the company's golf operations where possible and water consumption was significantly reduced as part of the company's turf maintenance practices
  • Early adopter of the new and highly efficient Doppelmayr direct drive technology developed for chairlift motors
  • An aggressive effort was launched to convert all indoor and outdoor facilities throughout the company's operations to LED lighting with an early success being Cypress Mountain's night skiing lighting project resulting in a 60% savings
  • Provided early supported and installation of electric vehicle charging stations through its resort network


Furthering Boyne Resorts' approach to achieving zero net emissions within nine years includes
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  • Companywide participation in the National Ski Areas Association's Climate Challenge program to chart and track energy and fuel consumption during winter operations
  • Collaboration with local/regional utilities suppliers to identify and act upon opportunities of every scale to reduce energy and fuel use
  • Adding on-site solar power electricity generation on resort properties as appropriate
  • Further reduction of electricity use through focused and ongoing revision of resort operations practices in areas such as snowmaking, snow grooming, and turf maintenance
  • Collaborating with the company's equipment vendors to help facilitate a switch to electrification of vehicles
  • Continuing commitments to purchase low energy snowmaking equipment
  • Engaging experts and industry partners for added help along a path toward a future of fully sustainable operations
  • Purchasing only the most energy efficient equipment, systems, and technology at all levels of the operation; upgrading as technology is available
  • Utilizing green building guidelines for design and construction of facility and real estate projects
  • Reducing dependence on carbon-based fuels by phasing out heating and cooling systems that use those fuels
  • Continuing the company's historical commitment to planting and nurturing trees as a means of carbon sequestration
  • Fully immersing net zero intentions, tactics, and targets into the company's culture
  • Thoroughly and continuously educating team members on the purpose and specific plans, the necessity of their support inside and outside of the workplace, and the value of their input and ideas
  • Leadership and active participation in collaboration, advocacy, education, and resource support within local communities, industry associations, and state and federal government

A family enjoying a day out skiing.

The company notes its pledge to environmental sustainability must be balanced with maintaining economical sustainability and regards the balance as foundational in all planning. Understanding the dire need to place greater focus on reducing its carbon footprint, Boyne Resorts’ plans and execution will continue to evolve and also include sustainable practices related to waste reduction, reuse of materials, and limiting impact to the treasured land, habitats, and natural resources at its resort playgrounds.