Vail Goes to All Wind Power

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SAM Magazine--Vail, CO, August 1, 2006--Vail Resorts Inc. announced that the company will offset 100 percent of its energy use by purchasing nearly 152,000 megawatt-hours of wind energy for its five mountain resorts, its lodging properties, all of its 125 retail locations and its new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, CO. By purchasing renewable energy credits equal to the company's entire electricity use, Vail Resorts becomes the second largest purchaser of wind power of all corporations in the U.S.

Since it is physically impossible to deliver electricity straight from a wind farm to Vail Resorts, renewable energy credits make purchasing wind power possible--the energy credits ensure that the amount of electricity Vail uses is replaced onto the power grid with wind power. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Vail's efforts will avoid over 211 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year, which is equivalent to taking 18,000 cars off the road or planting 27,000 acres of trees.


Not Leading the Pack

While it is great news that VRI has jumped on the bandwagon, Aspen Skiing Company preceded them with an identical move by several months.

leading the pack

I would also like to commend Vail on their purchase of wind power to offset their usage. It sounds like a great idea and I hope that in the future it becomes possible to access wind power directly from a resort base. I know that if Castle Mountain (Alberta) could harness the power of the wind that exists within their tenure, they could likely power their entire resort with plenty to spare! This is definately a step in the right direction.


Congratulations to Vail for making this commitment to help the environment! Hopefully other large corporations and ski areas will follow suit. I know many area are already doing their part by recycling, using bio-diesel, and other green alternatives. Congratulations to all who turn to green alternatives. I'm willing to bet that making this effort will be good for the bottom line as well as the environment.