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Energy Efficiency

Guest Carpool Incentive

Carpools of 4 or more will receive a $5 discount off parking rates at the lots at the base of the BreckConnect Gondola and at Beaver Run.

 

Energy Conservation Initiatives

Breckenridge achieved a 10.75% reduction in energy usage in 2012, and is targeting an additional 10% conservation by 2020. Breck has installed new snowmaking, lighting and facility technology to reduce energy consumption and our carbon footprint. Breck also supports the use of solar and other clean energy technology.

 

Environmentally Commited

Recycling 
In 2013, Vail Resorts recycled over 5,000,000 pounds. Breck recycled 193 tons of metal, plastics, glass, cardboard and paper, achieving a 51.4% diversion rate.

Water Conservation
Gallon by gallon, every drop counts. Breckenridge has developed a Master Drainage Plan in partnership with the USFS and Resource Engineering to create best practices, promote stream health and protect watersheds on and around the resort. In 2012, Breckenridge Ski Resort partnered with the Town to fund restoration work in Upper Cucumber Gulch, a 77 acre wetlands complex in the heart of the community. The projects lead to substantial aquatic resource and wetland habitat improvements.

Waste Reduction
We send less to the landfill. During the de-construction of the Burgenhof restaurant to make way for a new facility, 116,000 pound of materials were repurposed or recycled.

Composting
In all of our food and beverage outlets, including banquets. In 2012 and 2013, Breckenridge Ski Resort composted 59 tons of food waste at its food and beverage facilities. 

Sustainable Food & Beverages
Includes seafood, dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables, and beverages.

Community Stewardship
Financial support of local conservation projects and community non-profit organizations - vailresortsecho.com

Employee Volunteerism 
Employees giving back in our communities. Annually, approximately 200 Vail Resorts employees and community members remove 6000+ pounds of recycling and trash from Breck at the post-season Mountain Clean-Up Day.

Transportation Efficiency
Supporting fuel conservation through mass transit and fleet conversion.

Environmental Education 
Sharing resources and spreading the word to employees, guests and the communities we operate in. During the ski season in partnership with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Breckenridge hosts the Ski with a Ranger program - A free on mountain naturalist tour that aims to educate our guests on the local historical, cultural and natural history of Summit County.

 

Lower Energy Snowmaking Guns

The Breckenridge Snowmaking Department has taken a number of steps to improve the energy efficiency of the Snowmaking system. In 2007 and 2008, 175 low-energy snowmaking guns were installed and in 2009, air compressors were sequenced to automatically turn off when not needed. The low-energy snow guns use over 50% less compressed air than traditional guns, resulting in significant electricity savings. In addition, higher efficiency nozzles have been put on 350 tower snow guns around Breckenridge, and each of these guns now uses over 20% less electricity than before (through reduced compressed air use).

 

Variable-Frequency Drives on Lifts

17 of 30 lifts at Breckenridge have variable-frequency drive motors (VFDs). The VFDs allow a higher percentage of the electricity coming in from the grid to be effectively used to drive the lift and generally use approximately 30% less electricity to run a lift than a traditional drive. On 17 lifts, this significantly reduces electricity use.

 

Building Efficiency Upgrades

In 2008, lights in a number of Breckenridge facilities were upgraded to more efficient models. The upgrades are expected to save over 165,000 kilowatt-hours per year – equivalent to the average annual electricity usage of over 15 U.S. households! Also in 2008, 9 waterless urinals were installed in the men’s restroom in the bottom level of the Vista Haus. As the name implies, these urinals use no water, and save over 100,000 gallons over the course of the winter season.

Numerous other electrical upgrades have been put in place at Breckenridge facilities to improve efficiencies:

  • Light bulbs have been upgraded to compact fluorescent bulbs wherever possible.
  • Outdoor air temperature sensors have been installed at a number of buildings to shut off heat when it does not need to run.
  • LED exits signs have replaced incandescent versions, saving over 300 kWh per year per sign
  • Timers and motion sensors have been installed in bathrooms to ensure lights are not left on for long periods of time.>
  • Clivus toilets are installed at 4 locations on-mountain. The toilets compost waste and do not require plumbing, saving huge amounts of water.

 

4-Stroke Snowmobiles

Breckenridge is in the process of replacing 2-stroke snowmobiles with 4-stroke snowmobiles. 4-stroke snowmobiles burn fuel more completely than 2-stroke machines, resulting in better fuel efficiency, fewer emissions, and quieter operation.

 

Dirt Work in Park

In summers from 2006 through 2009, dirt from excavation in the Peak 8 base area was hauled into the Freeway terrain park for use as bases for terrain features and to the Trygve’s trail to level the grade. This dirt saves an estimated 3,000,000 gallons of water from being used to fill the same area with snow each season, and as a result, saves an estimated 120,000 kWh of electricity annually.

 

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013: Xcel Energy Process Efficiency Award
  • 2012: Travel & Leisure global vision award for leadership in sustainability
  • 2008: The DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge – Energy Star Award
  • One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort – Green Building Initiative - 3 globe certification

 

To reduce our impact on natural systems, we also support:

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection 
Recycling and Waste Reduction 
National Forest and Pine Beetle

 

 

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