Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge Ski Resort supports, promotes and engages in resource conservation, renewable energy use, recycling and other forms of waste reduction, wildlife habitat preservation, and environmental education, including the following initiatives:

  • Watershed Conservation
    • In 2012, Breckenridge partnered with the Town of Breckenridge to fund restoration work in Upper Cucumber Gulch, a 77 acre wetlands complex in the heart of the community. The projects led to substantial aquatic resource and wetland habitat improvements. 
    • In the summer of 2006, to support and promote stream health in the Blue River, Breckenridge installed a fish ladder to facilitate trout mitigation and spawning. 
    • Breckenridge Ski Resort has developed a Master Drainage Plan in partnership with the United States Forest Service and Resource Engineering to create best practices, promote stream health and protect watersheds on and around the resort.
    • Waterless urinals have been installed in Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Vista Haus Restaurant. The urinals save up to 200,000 gallons of water from being flushed down the drain annually.
  • Education & Outreach
    • During the ski season and in partnership with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Breckenridge Mountain Resorts hosts its Ski with a Ranger Program. This free, on-mountain naturalist tour aims to educate our guests on the local historical, cultural and natural history of Summit County.
    • During the summer, Breck hosts weekly Bear Aware presentations in partnership with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The presentations inform guest and employees about living responsibly with bears and other wildlife, and what steps people can take to reduce problem incidents with wildlife. Bear Aware also gives guests an opportunity to see and touch bear and mountain lion pelts.
  • Recycling & Waste Reduction
    • In 2012, Breckenridge Ski Resort composted 59 tons of food waste at its food and beverage facilities.
    • In partnership with food and beverage, the Breckenridge Environmental Team will be developing programs and making select facilities “Zero Waste” for the 2013/2014 season.
    • In 2012, Breckenridge Ski Resort recycled 65 tons of metal, plastics, glass, cardboard and paper.
    • Breck continually strives to improve and promote waste reduction efforts associated with events. The resort just hosted our first plastic- free event “Super Girl” and are looking to take the” Dew Tour” in the same direction.
    • Every summer, approximately 200 Vail Resorts employees and community members remove 6,000 pounds of recycling and trash from Breckenridge Mountain at the annual post-season Mountain Clean-Up Day.
    • Approximately 1,000 gallons of fryer oil generated by our food and beverage outlets is recycled locally every year into bio diesel and soap.
  • Energy Efficiency
    • In 2012, Breckenridge Snowmaking replaced 150 high-energy consumption snow guns with new low-energy technology and replaced an additional nine with automated state-of-the-art technology for use in the Freeway Super Park. Replacing the guns will save 1,142,641 kWh of energy, the equivalent of powering 1,211 US homes for a month. The system became 30% more efficient as a result of the project.
    • By putting simple controls on lift terminal heaters and areas of snowmelt, Breck has saved 706,085 kWh of energy annually since 2010 and are looking at similar projects in the near future that would save an additional 974,023 kWh. The equivalent of burning 132,892 gallons of gasoline.
    • In association with a new building taking shape at the base of Peak 8, Breckenridge Ski Resort will utilize 10,000 cubic yards of excess dirt to improve areas on the resort and reduce snowmaking needs. This results in the savings of 2,019,700 gallons of water annually.
    • The Vista Haus and Ten Mile Station restaurants will be retrofitted with high efficiency LED lighting during the 2013 summer.




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