Welcome to Arapahoe Basin’s 2021 sustainability update!
Our new annual report takes a look at the progress made during 2020-2021 ski and ride season. Our goal is carbon neutrality by 2025.
New to The Basin last year was our first, full season of summertime operation and activities. More year-round action of course meant more impacts and resource usage here at the ski area. But it also translated to more opportunities to feature sustainability in these new activities. The hiking and biking trail construction utilized sustainable trail-building concepts, avoiding sensitive areas and wetlands. In the future, the trails will also incorporate Ace’s Wild Adventure-style interpretive signage and environmental education.
The via ferrata used stainless-steel washable and reusable bento-style lunch boxes and reusable water bottles for the drinks and snacks provided for full-day tours. The Steilhang Hut–a brand new winter food offering on the upper mountain that will also house via ferrata activities in the summertime, features numerous sustainable building features including composting toilets and an 8.5 kW roof-mounted solar array.
The new opportunities and ongoing efforts in place continued our march towards carbon neutrality:
We crossed the 50% renewable electricity threshold, sourcing more than 54% of our total electricity from renewable sources.
We diverted more than 50% of our waste from the landfill yet again.
Domestic water usage dropped for another year.
Our stewardship efforts while building our hiking and biking trails continued our leadership around wildlife and watershed conservation.