Arapahoe Basin offsets 100 percent of electricity used via RECs, has an extensive recycling program and vermacomposting bins in its administrative offices.
Aspen/Snowmass built three LEED-certified green buildings, including Snowmass’ Sam’s Restaurant and base village (certified as LEED for Neighborhood Development).
Copper Mountain offsets 100 percent of electricity used for snowmaking, lifts and all Copper-owned buildings, plus it operates three environmentally friendly buses that are nearly 60 percent more efficient than conventional buses.
Crested Butte offsets 100 percent of its carbon footprint with RECs and it focused on recycling things like beams, kitchen equipment and toilets into other uses when remodeling its Gothic building.
Eldora focuses on public transportation advocacy and improving the efficiency of snowmaking equipment to net lower energy use at the resort.
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort uses bio-fuels in all vehicle fleets and machines and offers attractive incentives to employees who participate in the resort’s carpool program.
Silverton uses dead wood as its primary source for heat, stops lifts when empty to save energy and organizes boot-packing days to cut down on explosives use and reduce energy use.
Steamboat uses a combo of solar and wind power to run three of its lifts, and all disposable products are made from renewable, biodegradable resources. The resort also has an extensive recycling program (150 tons in ’07-’08) and even has new patio furniture made entirely from recycled milk jugs.
Telluride offsets 1 million kWh of electricity via the purchase of RECs, utilizes biodiesel in some mountain machinery and uses natural sugar cane to-go containers in all restaurants.
Winter Park offsets with RECs and launched the Connexion brand, which is used as a logo on recycling stations and to educate skiers and the community about the environment in which they play.
Wolf Creek purchases about 150,000 kWh a month to offset 100 percent of its energy use and recycles everything from kitchen oil and aluminum to batteries and old uniforms.