Whistler/Blackcomb Earns 2005 Golden Eagle Award
SAM Magazine--Scottsdale Ariz., May 25, 2005--Whistler/Blackcomb earned the 2005 Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence, presented at the NSAA national convention here. The resort, which also won the Golden Eagle in 2003 and is a five-time Silver Eagle award winner, was nominated in four other Silver Eagle categories.
Whistler received the award for its integrated Environmental Management System (EMS), the most sophisticated and comprehensive EMS in the industry. Major accomplishments of Whistler's environmental stewardship program include: energy savings of 4,138,000 kWh, or 18 percent of overall consumption for the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons; dedicating $320,000 for conservation initiatives this season; and reducing waste by more than 540 tons per year. Other finalists were Moonlight Basin and Purgatory at Durango Mountain.
Silver Eagle awards went to: Colorado's Arapahoe Basin and Aspen Skiing Co. (Co-winners, Excellence in Water Conservation); Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy); Moonlight Basin, Mont. (Excellence in Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection); Gore Mountain, N.Y. (Excellence in Environmental Education); Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo. (Excellence in Visual Impact); Squaw Valley USA, Calif. (Excellence in Stakeholder Relations); and Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif. (Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling).
This marks the first year that NSAA has administered the awards, which were created in 1993 by Times Mirror Magazines, then parent of Ski and Skiing. Mountain Sports Media was the previous heir to the Eagles. \