Since 2008, Beaver Creek Resort has contributed to Vail Resorts’ energy reduction goals by reducing our mountain’s energy consumption by nearly 12 percent from 2008 to 2011, and we are on track to reduce our consumption by an additional ten percent by 2020. Through small-scale projects and instituting behavioral change across the mountain, we were able to meet our goals – but now are setting our sights higher with larger efforts.
Included in this next phase of reaching our 2020 goal is a partnership with our local utility company – Holy Cross Energy – to reduce energy consumption associated with our snowmaking program, while at the same time providing an improved snow product for our guests. During the summer of 2013, Beaver Creek replace seven old, inefficient snowmaking air compressors, with one new, highly efficient air compressor. This project, coupled with a large installation of highly efficient fan guns during the summer of 2014, continues to dramatically improve snowmaking efficiency, as well as the guest experience through a better product.
In addition to our snowmaking efforts, we installed a 7.5-kilowatt solar system on the roof of our Patrol Headquarters in the summer of 2014. This new system provides the energy equivalent to the amount that would be used by an average U.S. home each day, and currently provides power to Patrol Headquarters, as well as the Environmental Learning Center which is housed inside of the building.