Vermont has long been a leader in the “Green Movement” in the USA by promoting best practices regarding the environment. That same ideology is a guiding force throughout the state’s ski industry. Efficiency is a top priority in the design and implementation of everything from snowmaking and equipment to the utensils in base lodge eateries.
A recent Vermont Ski Areas Energy Savings Impact Report from Efficiency Vermont revealed that Vermont ski areas have completed 668 projects since 2000, including low-e snowguns, compressed air right sizing, lift terminal heater controls, thermal shells and many other systems and improvements.
The anticipated lifetime savings of these projects combined is more than 989M kilowatt hours of electricity – equivalent to the power used by 400K homes annually – and 1.77B tons of CO2 equivalent. The avoided lifetime costs to the Vermont ski industry are estimated at more than $175M.