Letter: Vail Resorts working on more efficient snowmaking at its properties
November 1, 2017
Dear Josephine: Thank you for writing about efficient snowmaking and climate change ("Make snow blowing more energy efficient," Wednesday, Nov. 1). You'll be happy to know that at Vail Resorts, we are already taking direct action on your ideas of looking into more energy-efficient technology and switching to renewable-energy sources.
Vail Resorts recently committed to net zero emissions and 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030 in our Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint announcement on Tuesday, July 25. We will measure and eliminate our carbon footprint by investing $25 million in innovative, energy-saving projects such as low-energy snowmaking equipment. We are also working with utilities and local, regional and national governments to bring more renewable energy to the grids where we operate our resorts.
At the Golden Peak ski racecourse, with the help of Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and Holy Cross Energy, we have invested in a very efficient automated snowmaking system where the fan guns can measure the air temperature and only turn on when it is cold enough to make snow. We also installed a $500,000 high-efficiency air compressor to run the non-fan guns, which should save around 1.2 million kilowatt hours each year!
I encourage you to visit our website about Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint at epicpromise.com. Thank you again for your letter, and keep those ideas coming in — the world needs more people like you to create a more sustainable future for everyone.
Environmental sustainability and compliance manager, Vail Mountain