Our Environment


Our CCSAA member ski areas realize the importance of clean air not only to ourselves and our children, but also to the health of our environment, the survival of winter and the future of our sport. Our cross country ski and snowshoe trails wind through the woods, across the mountains, over the fields and across frozen lakes. We value all the land under our care, whether owned by us or available for our use by landowner permission or agency permit.

The trails, and their grooming, are the “product” you’re buying and the service you’re supporting when you purchase a ski area trail ticket. We hope you can find the same connection we do to the natural world that skiing carries us into each and every time we go out. So enjoy the trails that help you connect to the environment, and do your part to make sure it’s preserved for the generations to come.

In our effort to do our part, CCSAA and its members have adopted a No Idle policy and ask for our guests’ cooperation in reducing our carbon footprint. Please turn off your engines, save some gas, and reduce pollution — for the sake of ourselves and our planet. Please don’t idle your cars in our parking lots and roads.

Gentlemen (and Ladies), Stop Your Engines!


CCSAA idling policy


TNo Idle Zonehe drivers of vehicles hold the key to improved air quality, public health, and a cleaner environment by limiting engine idling when their vehicle is not in motion.

The best way to warm up the vehicle is to drive it and that no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is necessary to warm the engine;

Scientific research has shown that every hour of idling wastes a half gallon of fuel and emits 9.7 pounds of carbon dioxide as well as other air pollutants;

Frequent restarting has little impact on engine parts such as the battery and starter motor and;

Studies show that idling more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine;

On behalf of the members of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association, their guests, their employees, and the neighbors in the surrounding vicinity, it is requested that all resorts that offer cross country skiing as a form of recreation, endorse and enforce a policy regarding the limitation of vehicle idling, including the use of informational signs.

Adopted 11/18/08 by the CCSAA Board.

No Idle Zone → view or download PDF version of No Idle policy.

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