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Power to Save the Powder

Offset your carbon emissions traveling to and from A-Basin, support conservation efforts in A-Basin's home county, and get special discounts at the ski area for just $30 annually. Thank you!

Join the Snow Huggers Club

The Snow Huggers Club is your chance to support two great environmental groups working in Colorado and get exclusive discounts here at Arapahoe Basin. By becoming a Snow Hugger, you have the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions from your ski season’s travel through the Colorado Carbon Fund and their local projects. You will also directly fund environmental programs and projects here in Summit County through the High Country Conservation Center. 

For just $30, you receive the following* :

  • Arapahoe Sports Retail: 10% your purchase
  • Legends Cafe and Black Mountain Lodge: 10% off your meal, one time at each place
  • Snowsports: $10 off a half-day class or half-day private lesson, reservations required
  • Tune Shop: $10 off a Crystal One tune
  • Lift ticket: 50% off one midweek ticket, reservations required

*Each of these benefits is a one-time use.


Make A Clean Getaway: When buying your next car, pick the least-polluting, most efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Maybe it’s a hybrid that combines a gasoline engine with electric motors, or an innovative all-electric vehicle. Increasingly more car manufacturers offer an electric vehicle as part of their production line, while vehicle charging stations pop up in more locations every year.

Don't Be A Drag: Take your ski rack off your car and replace your snow tires with your regular tires at the end of the season. Both could save you 6 percent at the pump. A tune-up could boost your miles per gallon anywhere from 4 to 40 percent. A new air filter could get you 10 percent more miles per gallon.

Share A Ride: When heading to the mountain, carpool or take public transit or shuttles to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with your travel.

Be An Efficient Consumer: Picking the right appliances, air conditioners and computers can make a big difference in reducing pollution from power plants. Look for the most energy-efficient models. You might have to spend a bit more up front, but you’ll save on electricity bills.

Have A Brighter Idea: Recent improvements in lighting technology have made LED bulbs more affordable and efficient than ever. Not only do LEDs use far less energy than conventional bulbs, they also last more than 20 times as long, making replacement and disposal unnecessary. Replacing a single 60W incandescent bulb with a comparable LED can save more than 1200 kWh over the life of the bulb, or about $160.

Consider Cleaner Energy: If you live in a state that lets you choose your power company, pick one that generates at least some of its power from wind, solar or other clean energy sources. If you don’t have the option to select a supplier yet, you might still be able to support renewable energy through an option on your electricity bill.

Stand Up and Be Counted: Contact your elected representatives and ask them to do more to reduce CO2 emissions and keep winter cool for skiing and snowboarding. Be sure to vote in all local, state, and national elections for candidates who support sustainable recreation.

Ba An Advocate: Become involved in grassroots environmental action. Find a cause that’s meaningful to you and support it with your time and enthusiasm! Take the POW-SEVEN Pledge at

SPREAD THE WORD – Tell your lift mates, family and friends!

For more information on how you have the power to save the powder, please contact Sha Miklas at or Mike Nathan at

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