Vail Resorts

Building Green

Experience of a Lifetime. To support our mission, it is critical that we look at the impacts of the buildings and infrastructure we develop and the footprint we leave behind. This includes carefully integrating the needs of our guest while balancing our obligation to protect the spectacular natural environment, which serves as the backdrop of our resorts. Our long-term goal is to build green practices into our Company's daily operations and projects from Ever Vail to One Ski Hill Place.

One Ski Hill Place, Breckenridge
Scheduled to open in the summer of 2010, One Ski Hill Place, at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, utilizes Green Globes standards in its building. The RockResort property will incorporate the company's energy and water conservation programs including Water on the Rocks, in-room recycling, community engagement, Appetite for Life sustainable cuisine program and the green meetings and weddings programs.

Ever Vail.
In March 2007, our Company announced plans to build the most ambitious green resort development project in North America, to be called "Ever Vail." The $1 billion project, anticipated to open in 2012, will transform a 9.5-acre site, currently known as West LionsHead, into a sustainable multi-use pedestrian village consisting of residences, a hotel, offices, retail shops and restaurants, mountain operations facilities, a public parking garage, a new gondola and related skier portal and a public park. This development is one of the first projects to be accepted into the U.S. Green Building Council's new LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification program.

As currently planned, Ever Vail will be the largest LEED-certified project for resort use in
North America. Visit for more information. Following are green building measures the Company plans to undertake at the site:

  • Use only woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and local area beetle-kill Lodgepole pine trees in building construction. A Vail Valley company is currently working with the U.S. Forest Service to establish a procedure for reclaiming the dying trees to be used in the project. Wherever possible, the Company will purchase and incorporate local and regional “green” materials for construction.
  • Incorporate a geothermal process (ground source heat pumps) to harness energy that would be used for snowmelt. Coils of durable material are embedded deep into the earth below. A fluid within the coil collects heat from the earth and distributes it through surface streets and sidewalks to melt the snow.
  • Install small hydro micro-turbines in Gore Creek to power the outdoor streetscape lighting in public areas.
  • Preserve and enhance existing wetlands and Red Sandstone Creek through a new storm water runoff management system.
  • Include affordable housing on-site, ranging in size from studio to two-bedroom units, to meet many of the diversity requirements of the LEED program and create a year-round sense of community and vibrancy.
  • Use reclaimed water from snowmelt for use as “gray water” in the toilets, rather than using potable water. Create a “closed-loop” gray water system for washing all mountain operations vehicles, such as snowcats and snowmobiles at the site of the new mountain operations maintenance yard. Finally, use a large amount of reclaimed water from the snowmelt system to augment flows in Red Sandstone Creek.
  • Orient all buildings to maximize the natural light, thereby creating greater energy efficiency.
  • Incorporate green, living roofs on several of the buildings within the project. A “green” roof is a system in which natural materials such as soil and indigenous grasses cover the roof structure to help reduce solar heat accumulation and storm water runoff.
  • Implement an erosion control program to mitigate any potential erosion during construction activity.
  • Establish a “flex car” program to minimize vehicle emissions on the I-70 corridor between Denver International Airport and Vail. Vail Resorts would provide a fleet of cars for owners of properties in Ever Vail to use while in town, thereby reducing the total number of cars in the valley and encouraging owners to use shuttle service and public transportation to and from the valley.

Gold Standard.
Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club's new 12,000-square-foot, year-round clubhouse was designed and constructed according to the U.S. Green Building Council's Gold-level LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) criteria. The complex emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Home Base.
In June 2007, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded our company LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) certification for the environmentally-friendly design, construction and operation of our 56,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. Among the categories defined by LEED, our offices scored credits in Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Sustainable Sites and Innovation in Design Process.

Planning is underway for a new signature restaurant at Heavenly, The Powderbowl Lodge.  The 27,650-square-foot, 950-seat facility, will be designed to LEED standards, reinforcing our commitment to Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful areas in North America.


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