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One Great Reason to Ski Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Feel even better about skiing at this Lake Tahoe resort, which aims to operate on 100 percent renewable energy by December 2018

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Posted 3 years agoby Jené Shaw

As early as December 2018, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will run 100 percent on renewable energy sources, making it the first major ski resort in the U.S. to do so. Teaming up with Liberty Utilities and Tesla, Squaw is ahead of the curve to meet California’s state mandate of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.

What’s the impact of this change? A 49 percent reduction of Squaw’s annual carbon footprint—from 13,078 metric tons to an estimate 6,682 metric tons—which is equivalent to emissions generated by annual electric use of 959 homes. Plus, using state-of-the-art battery storage technology, any surplus of energy provides power for the surrounding community in case of an emergency.


“[The] announcement demonstrates that moving to all renewable energy in the present tense—not a generation from now—is not just possible, it’s entirely doable,” says Andy Wirth, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “We have all got to generate the demand for renewable energy and support world-class and progressive companies like Liberty Utilities.”


Outside of the renewable energy initiative, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows places a huge emphasis on sustainability in other ways. It was the first resort in North America to ban the sale of single-use water bottles (instead, they sell refillable bottles for the same cost), and it was also the first to install electric car chargers at the mountain’s base. This year, Squaw will continue to host waste-free events, including WinterWonderGrass Tahoe April 6–8 and Wanderlust July 19–22.


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