A major player in the ski industry just took a big step forward in reducing its environmental impact. If you ski or snowboard at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming, this winter, you’ll be riding on wind-powered lifts. On Tuesday, the resort announced that it will be powered exclusively by wind-generated energy, effective immediately.
While other ski areas, including Wolf Creek in Colorado and Berkshire East in Massachusetts have made the move to renewable energy or carbon offsets in recent years, Jackson Hole is the largest resort to directly power itself with clean energy.
In addition to the ski lifts, the base operations and on-site facilities will run on wind power produced by Lower Valley Energy’s Green Power program out of Idaho. “We are constantly seeking ways to reduce our impact on the environment and making the transition to running Jackson Hole’s full mountain operations on wind powered energy is a big step that aligns with JHMR’s core values,” said Tyler LaMotte, JHMR’s chief brand officer, in a press release.
The resort joins other local businesses including Jackson Hole Airport and the town’s Center for the Arts in partnership with the Green Power program. “We have been working on this green power partnership for some time and are very excited this came to fruition with such a great local industry leader,” said Lower Valley Energy President and CEO Jim Webb in the release. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is among the most iconic ski areas in North America, with over 4,100 feet of vertical descent and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain.