Ski Areas Get Greener
SAM Magazine--Lakewood, Colo., Oct. 10--The National Ski Area Association (NSAA) has announced that 45 ski resorts across the nation are currently buying green energy. The list of mountains that have taken this proactive step is diverse, and ranges from Aspen, Colorado to Okemo, Vermont.
Green power is generated from renewable and nonpolluting energy sources including wind power, geothermal power, small scale hydro-power, solar power or bio-mass power.
In total, these 16 resorts are purchasing 208,548,832 kWh of green energy and their purchases result in the avoidance of 299,767,044 pounds of CO2. This is the equivalent of planting nearly 12 million trees or avoiding over 115,000 round-trip flights between New York and San Francisco.
"These renewable energy investments speak volumes about industry's commitment to environmental stewardship" said Michael Berry, NSAA president. "Greener energy means cleaner air and better views of the mountain landscapes that our guests come to enjoy."
According to the NSAA, while 45 resorts nationwide are using some form of green power, 16 are now operating exclusively with power from green energy sources. These resorts are: California's Sugar Bowl, Colorado's Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Keystone, Snowmass, Vail Mountain and Wolf Creek as well as Maine's Shawnee Peak, Mount Sunapee, N.H., Heavenly, Nev., Mt. Ashland, Ore., and Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt. \