Three full-time employees, including a member of senior management, oversee our efforts to engage with the community and staff, adopt environmentally friendly operations, lead political activism efforts, communicate our aims to legislators and lawmakers, oversee our three foundations, and galvanize other members of the industry — including our competitors — to protect our winters and alter the course of global climate change.

Meet our team below.

Auden Schendler

SVP of Sustainability

Auden Schendler Aspen Skiing Company
Auden Schendler

Auden focuses on big scale solutions to climate change, primarily clean energy and activism. He worked previously in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute.

Auden has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, and Forest Service goose-nest island builder. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Google and Starbucks, and to second graders and Chilean kayakers. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Scientific American, Climatic Change, Atlantic.com, Huffington Post, The Denver Post, and other media, and his work has been covered in Outside, Fast Company, Travel + Leisure and Businessweek. In 2006, Auden was named a global warming innovator by Time Magazine and in 2007 he testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change on public lands. His book Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen.

Auden lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias, who call him "a goofy global warming guy."

Michael Miracle

Director of Community Engagement

Michael Miracle, Director of Community Engagement
Michael Miracle, Director of Community Engagement

As Director of Community Engagement, Michael has what some of his coworkers describe as “the most nebulous job at the company.” On any given day, he could be working on traffic and transportation challenges, sitting on a mental-health steering committee, brainstorming ideas for future marketing campaigns, co-writing an op-ed about immigration policy, trying to move the needle on the Aspen area’s affordable housing conundrum, or working directly with local elected officials and government staff to find solutions for each of those problems and more. All of the work ties to Aspen Skiing Company's belief that a healthy, thriving community benefits everyone, including visitors to the resort.

Prior to joining the company, Michael spent almost 20 years as a magazine editor, first at Skiing Magazine and then at Aspen Sojourner.

Hannah Berman

Sustainability and Philanthropy Manager

Hannah Berman
Hannah Berman

Hannah manages sustainability programs, philanthropy, and initiatives to promote equity and women in leadership. She is also the Executive Director of the Environment Foundation, which has donated more than $3.5 million since its inception to fight climate change, bolster clean energy at scale and policy level, and foster environmental stewardship.

Her previous roles include a water lead-tester (recommendation: avoid the lead), cake baker (record: 16 lbs of butter), and environmental consultant (conclusion: not enough skiing included). She studied economics and environmental studies at Bowdoin College, with a minor in education. While on campus, she helped lead the “Diversity Matters” research and articles about how race and class affect students’ campus experience. Abroad in Tanzania, India, and Italy, she studied food systems and politics. As an advocacy and legislative intern, she analyzed 192,000+ public comments on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, researched the economic impacts of energy legislation and a plastic bag ban, and analyzed congressional contribution data.