In 2008 Vail Resorts initiated a company-wide energy use reduction program called Target 10%. The program’s goal is to achieve a 10% reduction in overall energy use across the company, using 2008 as the baseline year.

As of November 2010 the energy reduction was at 7.2%, the equivalent to the annual energy use of over 1,000 U.S. homes.

Target 10% is directed by an Energy Reduction Council with representation from all segments of the company. Below are just a few examples of the practices in place today to help drive us toward meeting the Target 10% goal:

  • Since 2008, Keystone Resort has reduced total fuel consumption by almost 9%
  • Vail Mountain installed 42 200-watt solar panels that will produce enough energy to power Adventure Ridge as well as provide lighting at Eagle's Nest
  • Through the end of the 2009-2010 season Breckenridge Ski Resort reduced gasoline and diesel use by 16,400 gallons
  • Heavenly Resort replaced older, less-efficient snow guns with high-efficiency fan and "stick" guns which are estimated to save over 1,686,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually
  • Investment in new automated snow guns at Keystone Resort resulted in a 50% reduction in the use of compressed air and electricity over the older snow making machines.



The solar pannels on Bailey's power the restaurant and the excess energy from the pannels lights facilities at Eagle's Nest


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