Green Ski Resorts

Ski resorts are proven to have a detrimental impact on the environment, which is bad news for skiing fans who hate the thought of harming the environment. However some resorts are trying to save both the earth and their business by greening their resorts.





Photo provided with permission from Aspen
Photo provided with permission from Aspen

Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company owns four mountains in the Aspen area starting rolling out greed initiatives in 1997 and is now leading the pack in environmental progress. Aspen was the first resort to offset one hundred percent of its electricity in renewable resources and has the largest photovoltaic systems in the country. All trail grooming vehicles are running on biodiesel, and the company has donated as a whole almost one million collars on local environmental causes. Right now Aspen is one of only two ski resorts in the county to receive a certification as an ISO green company.





Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort
Used with permission from Mt. Bachelor
Used with permission from Mt. Bachelor



Mt. Bachelor is a company that is actively trying to preserve the environment for the future. This resort is taking several small steps to make a difference, such as using recycled cooking oil for biofuel, non-petroleum based cleaners for housekeeping, and green cleaning agents for vehicles. In addition to these small changes the mountain hired a team of climatologists to conduct studies to help determine a plan to make a bigger reduction to the resort’s carbon footprint.







With permission from Jiminy Peak
With permission from Jiminy Peak

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

In Hancock Massachusetts Jiminy Peak is making huge strides to reduce its impact, especially considering the relative small size of both the mountain and the resort. It was the first mountain in North America to install a wind turbine to contribute to the resort’s power. As of today the turbine contributes over thirty three percent of Jiminy’s electrical needs, paying for its own construction in only eight years. Jiminy also recycles used heating oil for motor usage and implements a phased approach to slope construction, and fish and wildlife habitat protection.







With permission from Smugglers' Notch
With permission from Smugglers' Notch



Smugglers’ Notch Family Resort


Smugglers’ Notch is one of only a few mountains in the Northeast recognized as a member of sustainable slopes, a government program to make America’s skiing slopes more sustainable. Its green initiatives include wildlife and habitat protection, moves towards energy efficiency, recycling and water conservation. To conserve energy for families traveling to the resort Smugglers’ uses a carpooling web site and offers a free shuttle services to the resort and neighboring cities. In recognition for its green efforts the company has received the Governor’s award for environmental excellence and pollution prevention in April of 2008.