The Mountain IDEAL Standard

Guiding Principles for Sustainable Destination Development

The Mountain IDEAL is a sustainability standard and certification program for mountain resort communities "recognized" by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The Mountain IDEAL provides a framework of sustainable tourism criteria and performance indicators that support any mountain destination in elevating its sustainability performance, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and recognition as a global leader. 

The criteria and indicators within Mountain IDEAL are organized into four categories:

  • Destination planning, regulatory framework, and monitoring
  • Destination management of natural and cultural assets
  • Community equity, engagement, and opportunities
  • Environmental resource conservation



Thank you for your interest in the Mountain IDEAL sustainability standard and certification program. 

The standard is currently being revised. Our team will share the standard after final review by GSTC.

(updated July 2021)