Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NSAA Names Five Ski Areas as Winners of 2013 Sustainable Slopes Grants

Today the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) named five member ski areas as the recipients of its annual Sustainable Slopes Grant program. Grant recipients include Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Canyons Resort in Utah, Giants Ridge Ski and Golf in Minnesota, Greek Peak Mountain Resort in New York, and Mt. Ashland in Oregon. Three of the five recipients, Arapahoe Basin, Canyons Resort and Giants Ridge, are participating in NSAA’s Climate Challenge, a voluntary program to inventory, target and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Of the five grants awarded, two are cash grants for innovative sustainability projects. With funding from the grant program, Arapahoe Basin will install two vestibules at two entrances in the lowest level of its base lodge to prevent cold air from coming in and improve energy conservation in the lodge. Mt. Ashland will apply the grant funds to implement watershed restoration projects both on and off its permit area that will reduce sediment and improve water quality in the Ashland Creek watershed, including the drinking water source for the City of Ashland, Oregon. These two cash grants were made possible by generous donations from the Sustainable Slopes Grant program sponsors, CLIF Bar and LeitWind.
"These grants are a great vehicle for implementing sustainability projects at U.S. ski areas and in particular help us highlight the fantastic work going on at ski area members who have committed to the Climate Challenge", says NSAA President Michael Berry.

Two in-kind high-efficiency snowmaking system grants provided by Massachusetts-based HKD Snowmakers were awarded to Giants Ridge and Greek Peak. Each ski area will receive 5 high-efficiency snowmaking guns from HKD Snowmakers, a total value of $40,000.
"HKD is excited to assist Giants Ridge and Greek Peak with bringing about immediate energy and water savings through the application of our equipment", says Charles Santry, president of HKD Snowmakers.

Canyons Resort received an in-kind grant for a comprehensive on-site energy audit from Brendle Group, a Colorado-based sustainability engineering firm, with a total value of $5,000.
"Brendle Group looks forward to working with Canyons resort, a participant in the Climate Challenge, on a comprehensive, on-site energy audit for the ski area", says Judy Dorsey, principal and founder of Brendle Group.
Past winners of the Sustainable Slopes grants include Alta Ski Area, Utah, Arapahoe Basin, Colo., Beaver Valley Ski Club, Ontario, Burke Mountain, Vermont, Copper Mountain, Colo., Crested Butte, Colo., Grand Targhee, Wyo., Mt. Abram, Maine, Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon, Oak Mountain, New York, Spirit Mountain, Minnesota, Stevens Pass, Wash., Stratton, Vermont, Sugarbush Resort, Vermont, and Telluride Ski and Golf, Colorado.

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), formed in 1962, is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. It represents 325 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has 472 supplier members who provide equipment, goods and services to the mountain resort industry.

Sustainable Slopes Grant Program
Launched in 2009, the grant program provides cash and in-kind funding to support sustainability projects at NSAA member ski areas.
Since 2010, HKD Turbo, a snowmaking technology company and supplier to NSAA based in Massachusetts, has donated $120,000 worth of high-efficiency snow guns to deserving resorts as part of the program. HKD has committed an additional $40,000 this year, and through Brendle Group's donation, 2012 winners will receive an additional $5,000 per resort in sustainability services including a utility analysis and customized on-site energy audit.
Brendle Group's support will help extend cost savings from the new HKD Turbo snowmaking equipment to other identified energy efficiency and peak load management opportunities.

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