America's Greenest Ski Resorts

By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2009 8:07 AM CST
A lone skier rides the lift at the Killington ski resort in Killington, Vt., Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Temperatures fell to record lows early Friday morning across Vermont. .   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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(Newser) – Despite their reputation for being unfriendly to the environment, several ski resorts have become more sustainable, says Treehugger, which lists seven of the nation’s greenest mountain getaways.

  1. The Aspen Skiing Company, Colorado: This four-mountain resort said to be at the center of the green movement began eco-friendly initiatives in 1997 using wind power and biodiesel. 
  2. Smugglers’ Notch Family Resort, Vermont: Green initiatives here include energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation, and wildlife protection.

  1. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah: This operation has trimmed the resort’s carbon footprint by over 15,000 tons, the “equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 2,492 passenger vehicles or the electricity use of 1,802 homes for one year.”
  2. Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, Oregon: Cooking oil for biofuel, non-petroleum based cleaners for housekeeping and recently hired climatologists are slashing this resort's carbon footprint.