Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) is footing 90 per cent of the bill to construct a power plant that will turn methane emissions into electricity from Elk Creek Coal Mine in Somerest, Colo. Once constructed, the plant will produce 25 million kW of electricity per year, about the same amount needed to power ASC’s four resorts.
As resorts invest in renewable energy, the biggest hurdle—ironically—could be environmental approval.
Auden Schendler skins up the Cirque, a blustery ridgeline high atop Colorado’s Snowmass resort, and stops at the base of a 165-foot-tall weather tower. “It fell over the first time they tried to put it up,” says Aspen Skiing Company’s sustainability director. “Too windy.”
Built last September, and now anchored by high-tension cables, the tower collects wind data for what would be a record-setting renewable energy project: the world’s highest wind farm.
ASPEN/SNOWMASS, CO – January 2009 - The Environment Foundation donated $83,000 to 14 projects protecting the environmental quality of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond as part of its fall grant cycle. Since its inception, the foundation donated almost $1.3 million to 260 projects. The foundation is funded by Aspen Skiing Company employee contributions with substantial support from the Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund.
This fall, the Foundation’s three largest grants will:
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series will finish up its 10th Anniversary Season by returning to the site of its very first race in 1994, beautiful Aspen Mountain for the World Professional Ski and Snowboard Championship Finals February 21-22, 2003.