MMSA is committed to the education and support of employees and guests to provide the knowledge and ability to comply with this policy.
National Forest Foundation Grants
Over the past several years, MMSA partnered with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in a program whereby MMSA customers were asked to donate $1 per room night or season pass purchase to local environmental causes. One dollar at a time really adds up, as MMSA's guests are responsible for nearly $200,000 in donations so far; however, it adds up even more, as the NFF matches an additional 50% of the donations, creating an environmental multiplier of massive impact! The largest award-winning proposal for 2009 came from The Friends of the Inyo, who were awarded $114,000 for their proposal to work with Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA) and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to start a Mammoth Community Stewardship Program. Among other things, the Friends of the Inyo mobilized students and volunteers to perform trail maintenance, upkeep and patrol on over 75 miles of the Inyo's well loved and heavily used trail system. MMSA is proud to support this type of boots-on-the-ground stewardship of our public lands. MMSA continues to support youth based environmental programming, particularly through the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation.
Founding Member of MLTPA
Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) is a local group that advocates for, initiates, facilitates, and participates in the planning, implementation, and stewarding of a system of four-season trails and public access for the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the immediate Eastern Sierra. MMSA helped form MLTPA, and donated $100,000 to MLTPA to design and obtain approval of a regional trails plan for the greater Mammoth Lakes basin. The trails plan outlines the existing conditions, suggests improvements, and defines signage and way finding needs to create a user friendly trail system for residents and guests.
Eleven53 Interpretive Center
Located at the summit of Mammoth Mountain at 11,053 feet, the Eleven53 Interpretive Center is a unique resource for visitors to learn about the natural history of Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. Displays and topics include: volcanic history; geology; weather patterns; cultural heritage; views of the Eastern Sierra landscape - the Minarets, Mono Lake, and 400 miles of peaks averaging 12,000 feet in elevation. Admission is free with that day's Scenic Gondola Ride ticket, Bike Park ticket or a valid season pass. Content was developed by a coalition of community members, representatives from the US Geological Survey, US Forest Service, Paiute Tribal Council and local environmental organizations.
Complimentary Naturalist Interpretive Tours
MMSA actively helps guests get engaged in appreciation and concern for the environment. Tours are conducted by naturalists and feature ninety minutes of touring and learning about the ski area's environment. Education is advocacy!
Support of Regional Environmental Outreach and Education Programs
MMSA remains a steadfast supporter of local and regional environmental outreach and educational programs. MMSA is a founding member of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, a nonprofit corporation supported by local individuals, businesses and local government agencies. The mission of the Foundation is to develop energy efficiency and renewable resources in Mammoth Lakes and the High Sierra. MMSA is also a founding member of Mammoth Lakes Housing. MLH has pioneered the development of workforce housing in Mammoth Lakes by constructing energy efficient, affordable homes. Having more affordable, environmentally friendly workforce housing helps local workers avoid living in more distant locations such as Bishop, saving them a costly and environmentally unfriendly commute.