On Mountain Dining prep scraps composting program
Organic waste is a large contributor to climate change. Organic solids that are landfilled turn into methane, which has greenhouse effects over 20 times that of CO2.
At Vail, we are working to reduce the amount of organic wastes sent to the landfill by composting our non meat, non dairy kitchen scraps at Vail on mountain dining facilities. Since there is not a commercial facility at Vail, the Vail Environmental team operates two “Earth Tubs”.
Scraps from all on-mountain facilities are sent to these tubs. Finished material is used in flower gardens and made available to employees in the spring and summer. If too much food scrap material is generated, the extra is sent to a pig farmer in nearby Wolcott, along with scraps from Beaver Creek.
Vail is working with Eagle County and local waste haulers to support a large scale local commercial composting facility with the goal of composting all food waste in the future.
The Tavern at Arrabelle at Vail Square and the Arrabelle Starbucks also send compost from operations to a Routt County facility via a local waste hauler, Vail Honeywagon.
We encourage you to look into composting options in your area, it’s an easy way to reduce your footprint and chip in to prevent climate change!
Better and more efficient grooming through technology
By investing in GPS tracking technology, Vail has increased acres/gallon and decreased high RPm and idle time in the grooming fleet.
Real time and historic data is provided to operators to make sure that areas are groomed in the most efficient manner, allowing for more acres to be groomed per night, and to decrease inefficient operations. The result? More acres groomed per gallon of gas. The cats are also equipped with snow depth sensors, allowing us to adjust snowmaking operations.
Just like driving a car, there are operational changes that can be made to save fuel. Some ways that you can save fuel use on your personal vehicle include avoiding fast accelerations and high RPM’s, and avoiding idling your engine.
Screen capture of the ISAAC System tracking Vail's grooming fleet. This information is used to help reduce idle times and groom the mountain as efficiently as possible.
New snowmaking compressor saves over 1.2 million KWH at Vail
Installed in 2013, a new $500,000 air compressor has replaced 7 compressors and saved over 1.2 million kilowatt hours per year! Capital improvements in energy efficiency and other environmental projects totaled over 5 million dollars at Vail over the last 5 years. Although not always visible to the public eye, improvements like this are key to reaching our energy reduction goals at Vail, which are the most aggressive in the industry.