Alternative Energy – Solar Power
Harnessing the resort’s 300 days of sunshine, the environmental team installed 42 200-watt solar panels on the roof of Bailey's restaurant at Adventure Ridge over the summer, creating an 8.4 kilowatt system that will produce enough energy to power the entire building and the excess electricity will light other facilities at Eagle's Nest. This project is the latest among a number of ongoing initiatives, which are intended to reduce and/or offset energy use at the resort.
Vail has the largest ski area recycling program in the world, recycling or reusing more than 70 percent of the material on the mountain including cardboard, aluminum, glass and even chairlifts and mechanical parts.
Did you know that the drinking water on Vail Mountain is from springs located on the mountain? Our Mountain Services crew has taken a strong stance on water conservation. They have either replaced or retrofit old fixtures (from faucets to toilets to urinals) to more efficient "low" flow fixtures. This has led to a 27% reduction in drinking water usage on Vail Mountain in four years.