Our Reduction Strategy

Vail Resorts has the most aggressive reduction strategy in the industry because our mountains and our guests are worth it. In every action we take, we consider the impact our business has on the environment, alongside the enhancements we can make to improve each guest’s experience on our mountains and at our resorts.

In 2008, we made a commitment to reduce our energy use by 10%. Just a few years later, we reached that Target 10 goal, and we aren’t stopping there.

The Next 10 is our commitment to reduce our overall energy use by another 10% by 2020. We are making changes to the five areas that account for 91% of our energy consumption: snowmaking, facilities, food and beverage, grooming and lifts. To date, our efforts have saved enough energy to power more than 2,600 U.S. households for one year.

While our efforts aren’t always highly visible, they do impact our guests and our communities everyday.

Smarter Energy = Better Snow


In 2013, we replaced 15 air compressors on Vail and Beaver Creek mountains with one high-powered compressor at each resort. The result is not only an ability to produce more snow with less energy, but also to create better snow faster for our guests.

We have also piloted a program placing GPS systems on each our snowcats at Vail, measuring how efficiently they are grooming in real time. Our operators take pride in how efficiently they are grooming our runs, and our guests benefit from our ability to open more runs, earlier and to keep them in better condition at all times.