More Ski Resorts Adopting Green Business Practices

Longmont, CO (PRWEB) October 21, 2006

A number of ski resorts are out to improve the publics perception of their green business practices. These progressive companies are responding to growing customer sentiment that environmentally responsibility is important in selecting their vacation destinations. Not to mention serious concerns ski resort operators have about global warmings impact on their bottom line (less snow, shorter ski seasons, etc.)

In 2005 and 2006, several resorts have stepped up to the plate and made significant improvements in their earth-friendly business practices in areas such as resource efficiency, clean energy and habitat conservation. Notable examples include:

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

2005 NSAA golden eagle award for environmental excellence

18% reduction in energy usage compared to 03/04 season

Dedicated $ 320,000 to conservation initiatives

Reduced waste by more than 540 tons per year

Aspen, CO

First Colorado ski resort to purchase enough wind power to offset 100% of its electricity use

Joined lawsuit against EPA stance against regulating greenhouse gas emissions

Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, MT

2005 NSAA silver eagle environmental award for conservation

Extensive rehabilitation of land holdings damaged by logging

Resort development plan calls for 85% of property to remain in natural state

Vail, Colorado

Committed to renewable energy in August, 2006 becoming the second largest corporate purchaser of wind energy, behind Whole Foods

Partnered with National Forest Foundation to raise $ 600,000 for winter conservation projects

More detailed information on ski resorts and their green business practices can be found at the National Ski Areas Associations sustainable slopes initiative website at:

http://www.nsaa.org/nsaa/environment/sustainable_slopes/

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