On a mountain vacation, admiring the gorgeous peaks and taking in some fresh alpine air are on the top of the must-do list. Nature’s beauty is one of the main tourism draws. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders rely on a healthy snowfall to enjoy their sport, and vacationers look to the mountains to create the winter wonderlands they crave.
Yet, a chilling reality shows that around the world, winters are changing as we continue to see environmental factors impact our climate. To protect their natural attractions and the winters that help fuel their economies, these three mountain towns out West are committing to the environment in a notable way:
To help preserve the winters that draw vacationers to Breckenridge, the town’s council unanimously backed two clean energy resolutions to have all town buildings, both public and private, completely powered by renewable resources by 2035. Home to North America’s highest superchair, Breckenridge runs on top-notch skiing. Its terrain parks are recognized worldwide, with trails that cater to all ability levels.
Aspen has become the third U.S. city to run on 100 percent renewable energy, according to the city’s environmental department. The town is powered by the forces of nature, predominantly water and wind with a touch of solar and landfill gas. The town worked toward this goal to protect the ski industry it was built around. With access to four mountains and two incredible towns, Aspen attracts visitors with its famed slopes – including the largest vertical descent of any resort in North America.
Park City, Utah
Joining The Climate Reality Project’s I AM PRO SNOW movement, Park City has committed to running city operations on 100 percent renewable electricity by 2022, with community-wide operations to follow by 2032. The town has made a big push to increase solar panels as part of its commitment and challenged other mountain towns to join in on protecting the ski industry. Host to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City’s mountains have long been celebrated and enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders.
Plan your next ski trip in one of these environmentally-friendly towns.