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Power Up: Where To Charge Car In SnoCountry


Park 'n' power at Squaw Valley. (Squaw Valley)

Heading to the mountains in an electric car? More and more, ski and snowboard resorts around the U.S. have installed charging stations so that EVs can be ready for the trip home.

If near empty, an electric vehicle typically takes 4-6 hours to recharge on a Level I port – a period that resort owners say is perfect for morning hook-up and a full charge after a day on the slopes. More powerful stations can fill ‘er up in as little as 30 minutes.

Many don’t charge a fee at all, as many are financed by grants; if they, do charges vary, depending upon the power rating (Level I or II) of the station, and the number of hookups vary even more. Tesla cars require special, exclusive port.

Here’s some of the resorts in the West that SnoCountry found with EV stations:

In 2011, Stevens Pass was one of the first, with two Level II stations located by the main plaza staircase. Stations do double duty to give EVs a boost as they come over the pass itself on U.S. 2.

At Lake Tahoe resorts in California, EV stations abound and most are free. You can power up at Northstar and Squaw Valley – as well as in-town in Truckee and South Lake Tahoe. And Diamond Peak near Incline Village.

Hook-up is quick and easy. (Snowbird/Matt Crawley)

In Utah, Snowbird is the latest with five new stations coming on line in February. Neighbor Alta has one Level II at east end of base lodge, as does Brighton. Over the hill, traffic-challenged Park City has nearly a dozen spread among all the three resorts.

EV station in Snowbird garage. (Snowbird/Matt Crawley)

Colorado is all-in. In Summit County, Copper has one and Breckenridge five. Over the pass, Vail alone has 10 around the main base area. Around the town of Aspen, you can find about 10 stations – another couple in Snowmass. Up north, Steamboat has a half-dozen both at the mountain and in town.

At Jackson Hole, there are nine stations alone just around the downtown, and three in Teton Village at the resort.


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