Paying it Forward

By Yeti \ October 13 2016

The town of Park City proudly stepped up to the plate this week, with Mayor Jack Thomas announcing Park City's commitment to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2032.

I AM PRO SNOW athletes Julian Carr and McKenna Peterson were also in attendance to show their support for the signing ceremony. This commitment shows that Park City is ready to lead mountain communities across the country in taking a proactive stand against climate change. See the power behind switching to 100 percent renewable electricity and how to get your community involved. Let's also not forget that the Beehive Capital, Salt Lake City, also announced this past summer the historic commitmentto 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.

"I respect the leadership in Park City and Salt Lake to choose this path. To take the initiative to work with big energy suppliers to shake things up." -Julian Carr

How are Utah resorts stepping up to be environmentally responsible?

There's a rustic, naturally lit building at the base of 11,752-foot Mount Timpanogos that's dubbed the Art Studio. What you find here is about as unlikely a scene as you'd ever imagine in the snow-studded mountains just south of Salt Lake City. The idea is simple, yet the execution is exquisite. Mexican glass blowers make an annual visit to Sundance Mountain Resort-drawn to the resorts affinity for artists and keen environmental awareness. The resident artists recycle all of Sundance's glass by transforming hot molten balls of discarded glass into art pieces, wine glasses, dinner plates and vases which are used at restaurants and other means around the resort. Oh yeah, Sundance also pays 100 percent into renewable energy credits to offset their carbon footprint and just signed on as a partner with Protect our Winters (POW).

Many other Utah resorts are creating greener ski pastures by tapping into Utah's 300 days of sunshine. Park City Mountain's Tombstone Ski Patrol hut is solar powered, saving approximately 2,200 kilowatts of electricity-the equivalent of 1.5 tons of carbon.

Alta now has three buildings sporting solar panels, offsetting one percent of Alta's total power usage. Everyone loves toys, and it's safe to say that Alta's "green machine" is the envy of the snow world. Blanketed under 500 inches of snow each winter in Utah, snowcat machines are a prized commodity, which is what makes Alta's newest purchase, the world's first part-electric snow cat special. It's hybrid electric-gas engine offers good grooming with far less emissions. ThanksAlta.

Just a mile down the road, Snowbird is changing the game, and rewarding their season pass holders with lift ticket incentives to carpoolers. Carpool enough to earn a half off lift ticket to ride the mountain.

"Carpool enough to earn a half off lift ticket to ride the mountain."

North, Snowbasin Resort has introduced environmental initiatives that touch every employee and guest. The result? Last winter 47 percent of the resort's waste was diverted, which translates to a reduction of 46 tons of waste that was either recycled or composted and kept out of the landfill.

Protect our Winters

You should get to know this group of snow lovers-a rising star in the outdoor community, taking the lead on climate change by mobilizing the snowsports community. Last season, Ski Utah, Alta, Snowbird, and Sundance teamed up with POW to get people out of their cars and onto Utah's growing ski bus system. The inaugural POW Day took place on January 13, 2016, a grand event that encouraged skiers and snowboarders to ride the ski bus to the mountains Why January 13th? Playing off the POW acronym, this day is naturally Utah's pow(der) day in that is Utah's snowiest winter day based on 50 years of snow data. Get on the bus and join us for this season's POW day in Utah on January 13, 2017. skiutah.com/pow

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