In March of 2010 Vail Resorts Hospitality began Water on the Rocks, a new program designed to eliminate nearly all plastic water bottles used at their resorts. RockResorts properties from Vail to St. Lucia and Vail Resorts Hospitality properties in all four Colorado mountain resorts - Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Beaver Creek - are expecting to save an estimated 640,000 plastic water bottles from the waste stream thanks to the “Water on the Rocks” program, which eliminates plastic water bottles from guest rooms and offers hotel guests reusable water bottles with refilling stations.
Started at The Pines Lodge, A RockResort luxury property located in Beaver Creek, Colo., the “Water on the Rocks” program is being expanded to RockResorts’ seven other properties and eventually all Vail Resorts properties. As part of “Water on the Rocks,” two pre-filled glass bottles are placed in each guest room daily and refreshed as needed during daily housekeeping or by request. These bottles are sanitized and replaced each night with filtered water as needed. Guests on the go will also have the option to purchase stylish, reusable RockResorts logoed water bottles (BPA-free plastic or stainless steel) that can be refilled at water locations around each property. In many resort locations, guests will be treated to filtered flavored water (such as cucumber or lemon).
The program was designed by the RockResorts “Tap Force” to eliminate 99 percent of plastic water bottles in both guest rooms and food and beverage operations. By eliminating 640,000 plastic bottles from resort operations, the program will save nearly 4,000 barrels of oil that would be required to manufacture and ship the plastic bottles.