Ski areas were one of the first business sectors to recognize and implement alternative energy technologies, increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
With snow-based recreation estimated to contribute approximately $ 67 billion annually to the U.S. economy and support more than 600,000 jobs, the continued success of this industry is of paramount importance. Supported by industry trade groups such as the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Colorado Ski Country USA and by nonprofit organizations such as Protect Our Winters (POW), the ski industry has found that investment in alternative energy benefits both the environment and the bottom line.
The ski industry was one of the first major investors in renewable energy credits (REC). REC’s are tradable energy commodities that represent proof that one megawatt hour of electricity was generated from from an eligible renewable energy source. They’re often utilized where alternative energy sources are not locally available.
In Colorado, Aspen Skiing Co., Vail Resorts, Powderhorn, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek among others, have made investments in REC’s to offset some or all of their energy use.
In its fight to save its most precious resource, cold and snowy winters, the ski industry has proven that climate change solutions can be practical, innovative and cost saving and it will succeed by forging new partnerships between sometimes uncommon partners.
March 12, 2013
The number of Colorado mortgages paid off through the first three quarters of 2012 – either by selling, refinancing or making their final payment has surged 23 % according to the Colorado Division of Housing. Public trustees in Colorado released a total of 218,138 deeds of trust during the first three quarters of the year, up from 177,585 releases during the same time last year.
November 6, 2012
USA Pro Challenge organizers reported Thursday that the week long August bicycle race drew 1 million spectators across its 683 mile route through 12 Colorado towns including Breckenridge. Oraganizers said the privately funded race stirred $ 99.6 million in spending, up from $ 83.5 million last year.
Research firm IFM Global reports spectators from 25 states lined the course and 53 % of spectators came from outside Colorado and furthermore indicated they would not have traveled to Colorado if not for the race. More than three-quarters of the spectators said they were likely to return next year.
November 5, 2012
Every year, as part of a tradition spanning nearly 5 decades, an iconic tree is selected from a National forest to journey to Washington D.C. where it graces the west lawn of the Capitol during the holiday season. This year marks the third that Colorado will provide the Capitol Chistmas Tree and on Wednesday, it will make a tour stop in Dillon.
The 73 foot tall, 74 year old Englemann Spruce, selected from several candidates identified by staff at the Blanco Ranger District in the White River National Forest was harvested Friday, November 2nd from the permit area of Ripple Creek Lodge and transported to nearby Meeker for a kick-off celebration. It will then spend several weeks on the road making approximately 30 stops at military bases and communities before arriving at the Capitol just after Thanksgiving. The tree stops in downtown Dillon on Wednesday, November 7th where it will be on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
November 3, 2012
There will be 1.2 million Colorado residents ranging in age from 65 and up by the year 2030, up from 555,000 today. The average growth rate per year this decade in the number of 65 – 74 year olds in Colorado is 7 %. Colorado is currently the 4th youngest state in the country.
November 3, 2012.
The number of jobs available across Summit County Colorado and the State of Colorado has increased significantly over the last year. Online job postings for available Summit County employment positions increased 67.5 % in May 2012 as compared to May 2011. Across Colorado during the same period, the numbers are up 22.9 % according to Alexandra Hall, cheif economist for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Over the last month, Vail Resorts, City Market, Pizza Hut, Mariott’s Mountain Valley Lodge and Centura Health made up the top five companies in terms of Summit County hiring.
July 1, 2012