November 2006 - According to the National Ski Areas Association, 21 ski areas nationwide are now offsetting 100% of their electricity use with green power purchasing, representing about 290 million kWh of renewable energy in aggregate. Most recently, Maine's Sugarloaf/USA and Sunday River resorts reported that they are jointly purchasing 30 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent, following purchase announcements by Alpine Meadows, Calif., Grand Targhee, Wyo., Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Vt. and Shawnee Peak, Maine.
News Release - Resorts Nationwide Energize Green Power Program
News Release - Sugarloaf/USA, Sunday River Purchase Wind Power for 100% of Electricity Consumption
News Release - Alpine Meadows Purchases 100% Wind Power. Other New Programs Add To Existing Environmental Initiatives
News Release - Middlebury College ski facility takes carbon neutrality to new heights
News Release - Grand Targhee Resort Goes 100% Green with Wind Power (PDF 26 KB) Download Adobe Reader
News Article - Shawnee Peak the Latest Resort to Turn to Wind Power
February 2004 - Expressing concern that global warming threatens the livelihood of the ski industry, its employees, and quality of life more generally, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) is teaming with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to reduce global warming emissions using a variety of measures including green power purchases and on-site renewable energy use. The NSAA reports that member ski resorts are employing renewable energy in a number of different ways, including using wind energy to power chair lifts, purchasing renewable energy credits to offset a portion of their electricity use, and using solar energy for heating or to generate electricity on-site.
Among the green power marketers supplying ski resorts around the country are Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Community Energy, Inc., Green Mountain Energy Company, and NativeEnergy.
News Release - Keep Winter Cool: Ski Areas Team With Conservation Group to Fight Global Warming
News Release - Renewable Energy Becomes Key Component of National Ski Areas' Sustaianbility Program
News Release - Wind Power Helps Ski Resorts "Keep Winter Cool"
News Release - Green Mountain Energy Company Gives a "Lift" To Ski Industry's Global Warming Campaign
News Release - Smugglers' Notch and NativeEnergy announce SkiCool(sm) program to help fight Global Warming (PDF 120 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
NSAA Contact: Geraldine Link, (720) 963-4205