Ski Resorts Go Green
Ski resorts can see the writing on the slopes as global warming shortens seasons and ups the cost of energyhogs like snowmaking. At least 19 now rely on 100 percent wind power and 47 use some type of renewable energy.
Vail Resorts, operating a heaping handful of big name ski facilities, has become, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, “the second-largest corporate buyer of wind power in America,” right after Whole Foods Market. Up the road, Aspen Skiing Company has purchased sufficient renewable energy certificates from wind farms to offset 100 percent of its electricity use. That amounts to 21,000 megawatthours, keeping 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year. Further west, in California, Mammoth Mountain Resort is drilling for geothermal heat from the volcano under its buildings.