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Copper Mountain's new owner a leader in environmental efforts

Tucker Mountain at Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Tucker Mountain at Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Courtesy of Copper Mountain

By now you've heard the big news that Copper Mountain, which is owned by Vancouver-based Intrawest, will be sold in December to Powdr Corp, the Park City, Utah-based owner of ski and snowboard resorts pending final regulatory approvals.  So, what will this mean for you as a skier or snowboarder at Copper?

First of all, you won't see any discernible changes for the 2009-2010 ski season.  Intrawest and Powdr Corp have said it will be "business as usual" at Copper this winter.  The companies are working together to ensure a seamless transition for Copper Mountain visitors.   To this end, all passes for the 2009-2010 season will be honored, including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass, which provides access to Copper, Winter Park, and Steamboat.  Vacation packages, season passes, and lift tickets for all three mountains will still be available online.  (See also article by Colorado Ski Resort Examiner.)

Powdr Corp a leader in green efforts 

Powdr Corp, headquartered in Park City, Utah, owns and operates seven ski and snowboard resorts nationwide including Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah, Killington Resort and Pico Resort in Killington, Vermont, Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort, both in Donner Summit, California, and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort near Las Vegas, Nevada.  Powdr Corp also operates Gorgoza Park, a lift-served tubing park in Park City, Utah.

In 1998, Powdr Corp received the EPA Green Power Leadership Award, a national award to honor the country's leading green power purchasers.  Powdr Corp was one of only nine organizations to receive a Leadership Award in the Green Power Purchasing category.  This award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy credit (REC) supplier. Powdr Corp currently purchases nearly 50 million kilowatt hours of green power annually--enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's purchased electricity. Powdr Corp buys its RECs from Renewable Choice Energy in Boulder. 

Powdr Corp has been busy building a reputation as a leader in environmental stewardship.  In addition to the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy, Powdr Corp's resorts are actively involved in initiatives such as energy reduction, the use of alternative fuel, and recycling.  These efforts have offset the company's carbon footprint by 92 percent. 

All this is good news for Colorado and for skiers and snowboarders who can look forward to more green efforts at Copper Mountain in the years to come.