Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts

1920273959_1efc2531efDecember 6, 2013

The weather outside is frightful, but I bet if you go on a ski-trip you will find it delightful. What is even more delightful? Skiing in eco-friendly ski-resorts! Eco News Network would like to share a few environmentally friendly US ski locations that will offer adventure, fun, and peace of mind.

Stowe Mountain Resort-Vermont
Stowe has been called the Aspen of the east and it is easy to see why. This beautiful resort claims Mount Mansfield as its backdrop and boasts dozens of trails, play areas for children, a ski shop, lesson for all different ages, climbing walls and more.

Their commitment to the environment is just as impressive. Stowe has been honored by Audubon International for their sustainable efforts and was the first mountain resort in the US to earn the Green Community Award. Stowe actively protects habitats surrounding the resort to ensure wildlife sustainability, cabins are rated 5 stars in terms of the EPA’s Home Energy Rating System, native wildflower seed mixes were used to provide a food source for animal species, and they make use of storm water in order to make their snow. These are just a few of their environmental practices.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort-Jackson, Wyoming
There are plenty of reasons to see why this Wyoming hot spot is the talk of the town in the ski world. It has been ranked as the #1 Overall Resort by SKI Magazine and the #1 Ski Area in the US by Forbes Magazine three years in a row.1921099772_e8204c4552

The actual skiing speaks for itself since there are plenty of thrill-seeking options for the more advanced skier yet a plethora of beginner and intermediate trails as well. There is also great stuff for kids including daycare, sledding nights, movies, and of course skiing and snowboarding lessons. The town of Jackson is also up and coming in terms of culinary ventures, shopping, and more.

Their reputation for environmental awareness is also impressive. In May, they received the 2011 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence-the most prestigious environmental award in the ski industry. They have also been ISO 14001 Certified for five years.

Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort-Aspen, Colorado3198797339_eb1de5a40a
Although Buttermilk began with the intention of catering to families and beginners, it is now home to the X games and offers an incredible amount of things to do. It was also voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll for best Pipe. With 53,000 acres of terrain, four mountains, and one lift ticket, there is no shortage of thrills available for ski lovers

A trip to Aspen itself is beyond compare. This traditional ski location is known for more than just skiing. Aspen offers an array of culinary delights as well as great nightlife.

Buttermilk, although large in size and popularity is also committed to being eco-friendly. They are actively working to cut their carbon footprint by building some of their buildings with LEED green building standards, developing a hydroelectric plant on Snowmass Mountain, and plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% by 2020.

It is prime time for skiing, so grab your gear and hit the slopes at these eco-friendly ski resorts!

-Monica Bologna

Photo Credits: Flickr/Jackson Hole Central Reservations (2), mobil’homme