The world’s largest ski resorts operator Vail Resorts says that the 85% of the electricity supplied to its 34 North American resorts, including the largest in the US and in North America, now comes from renewable sources. The company aims to achieve a zero net operating footprint by 2030.
Recent achievements include the large-scale Plum Creek Windfarm the company has part-funded has been producing clean electricity since June 2020. Another project, the Elektron Solar plant broke ground in October 2021 and should start generating power in 2023.
Vail Resorts launched Commitment to Zero in 2017 with the goal of achieving a zero net operating footprint by 2030 through zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill, and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat.
In June 2021, alongside other large multi-ski-area operators in North America Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts, and POWDR, Vail Resorts announced the Climate Collaborative Charter, the ski industry’s first unified effort to combat climate change with shared commitments around sustainability and advocacy.