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Breckenridge Environment

Fly fishing in Breckenridge summer

Breckenridge is entrusted with the stewardship of lands in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We support, promote, and engage in resource conservation, renewable energy use, recycling and other forms of waste reduction, wildlife habitat preservation, and environmental education.

Please share this responsibility with us by doing the following:
    • Pack it in, pack it out 
    • Carpool and use public transportation 
    • Reduce, reuse, and recycle

Energy Efficiency

Breckenridge has improved the electrical efficiency of snowmaking, lifts, and facilities. Breckenridge provides a parking discount incentive to carpools of 4 or more to encourage the energy efficiency of our guests.

National Forest Support and Pine Beetle

Vail Resorts, Breck’s parent company, has entered into a ground breaking public/private partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to restore and rejuvenate the forest habitat devastated by 2002’s Hayman Fire in Colorado. Vail Resorts has also partnered with the National Forest Foundation to raise money for on-the-ground conservation projects in the national forests where Vail Resorts operations are located.

Mountain pine beetles are killing lodgepole pine trees around Breckenridge and Summit County. Breckenridge Ski Resort is working with the U.S Forest Service to address the pine beetle’s effect on the future of our forests.

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection

The BreckConnect Gondola was built in a manner to minimize impacts during construction, the Breckenridge Snowmaking department installed a fish ladder to improve fish habitat in Maggie Pond, and Breckenridge is developing a Mountain Drainage Plan to proactively improve water quality and prevent sediment loading from run-off.

Recycling and Waste Reduction

Breckenridge recycles over 350 tons per year, composts food waste from Mountain Dining kitchens, and gives out reusable coffee mugs to community members at the beginning of each ski season.

Keep Winter Cool

Breckenridge is a proud partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Ski Areas Association in the Keep Winter Cool Campaign – an effort to educate the public about the potential dangers of global warming and what can be done to help prevent it. 

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Ski with a Ranger

Take a guided 1 hour ski tour with a forest ranger of intermediate trails on Peak 7 at Breckenridge Ski Resort highlighting the resources of the National Forest and the resort’s environmental commitments.


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