Bolton Valley Continues To Reduce Its Environmental Footprint In Many Ways

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (10/1/2011) -

At Bolton Valley, green is the new white. The ski area, located just 30 minutes from Burlington, was honored with the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy. Bolton Valley became the nation’s second ski area, and Vermont’s first, to install its own wind turbine two years ago. The 121-foot-tall Northwind 100 Wind Turbine is now producing 300,000 kilowatt hours of power annually—about one eighth of Bolton Valley’s total energy needs and an amount equivalent to the electricity consumed by 40 to 45 Vermont households.

However the Wind Turbine is just one of the many ways the resort stays conscious about its environmental footprint and the impact skiers and riders can have on nature’s playground.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to be more energy efficient,” said George B. Potter, president of Bolton Valley. “Using wind power as an energy source is just one of those ways. But simple initiatives like using safe snowmelt on sidewalks, our recycling stations throughout the resort and our environmental towel program in the hotel go a long way, too, and those types of programs help to get our guests involved. Collectively we can all make a big environmental impact to save energy and resources.”

Bolton Valley again this year will partner with the Energy Co-op of Vermont, using the two installed Magnum Countryside pellet stoves to keep the lodge warmer, all while reducing fossil fuel consumption. The stoves burn Vermont wood pellets, super premium quality wood pellets manufactured in North Clarendon, Vermont.

Bolton’s snowmaking system also benefits from green initiatives with the use of energy efficient HKD snowguns and SMI fan guns to reduce diesel and electric power consumption. After more upgrades this summer all the area’s snowguns are retrofitted to be as energy efficient as possible.

Bolton Valley is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 70 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.

Bolton Valley was the first in Vermont and the second in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. Approximately 88km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. All-inclusive, true ski-to-your-door lodging packages from $79/person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 877-9BOLTON.