Letter: Make snow blowing more energy efficient at Vail Resorts properties
October 29, 2017
To the editor: As a 15 year-old student-athlete in the Vail Valley, I very much look forward to spending time on the ski hill. I am a sophomore at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, so I am on the mountain a lot.
One of the main reasons I am able to ski so much is because of all the snow blown onto Golden Peak. However, with global warming happening, we will need to make more and more snow to keep up with the hotter temperatures and lower snow levels. I was curious to see if this was hurting the environment.
I recently did a project that entailed me solving an issue in our valley, so I chose snow blowing. I learned that snowmaking is not very energy efficient, and so we could make it better for the environment. My solution to this problem is to urge Vail Resorts to look into either more energy-efficient technology or to switch to a renewable energy source.
Knowing Vail Resorts and their goal of sustainability, I think they would be happy to look into this. I need the support of the community to help make Vail change and to spread the word. We can make a change and make Vail Resorts a better place for the environment.
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