Embrace the Green Runs

Dec 2, 2010
Outside Magazine

More and more ski resorts are going green—meaning you can feel good about living it up. In Colorado's recently renovated Snowmass village, the year-old Snowmass Viceroy offers 173 luxe rooms and a sprawling spa complex. But thanks to smart construction (think low-flow faucets and high-efficiency heating systems) as well as gaudy extras like an electric-car charging station, the lodge is up for LEED Silver certification. Roll up in your hybrid and parking's free (from $225 until December 22; from $595 December 23–April 10; viceroysnowmass.com). Meanwhile, Vermont has essentially converted to a green-ski state. Over the past decade, mountains there have teamed with Efficiency Vermont, a Burlington-based clean-energy consulting firm, to equip resorts with energy-efficient lights; easier-flow snowmaking pipes; and halfpipes built from earth, reducing the amount of additional snow needed. In this case, the greenest resort is also the whitest: Jay Peak, which averages 355 inches of annual snowfall. Jay is now two years into an eight-year, $140 million upgrade that's brought about the 83,216-square-foot, eco-friendly Tram Haus Lodge (from $119 per person; jaypeakresort.com).