Reducing our energy use on mountain and in the community At Breckenridge Mountain we are working hard to reduce our energy use across the board. We recently replaced 150 high-energy consumption snow guns with new, lower-energy versions. We also replace an additional nine high-energy snow guns with automated technology for use in our Freeway Super Park. All in all, replacing these snow guns has resulted in over 1 million kilowatt hours of energy saved – the equivalent of powering over 1,200 U.S. homes for a month!
Our efforts, along with the efforts to reduce energy at Keystone Resort, have been recognized by Xcel Energy when Vail Resorts was awarded the 2013 Xcel Energy Process Efficiency Achievement Award for installing new snowmaking and facilities technologies, saving a total of 2.2 million kilowatt hours of energy and reducing carbon emissions by 1,260 tons.
In addition to making our snowmaking technology more energy efficient, we have partnered with the High Country Conservation Center to develop a program called Energy Explorers to educate local youth about energy conservation and renewable technology. We have also installed high efficiency LED lighting in various facilities across the resort and instituted a carpool incentive program that allows participating guests to park for free or at reduced rates during the ski season.