Bolton Valley, Vt.

Bolton Valley is a recent winner of one of Ski Vermont’s inaugural Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence. They also were awarded the National Ski Areas Association Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy in 2010.

 

The award was based on Bolton Valley’s 121-foot-tall Northwind 100 Wind Turbine that produces about one-eighth of their total energy needs. This is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of 40-45 Vermont households. Bolton was the nation’s second ski area, and Vermont’s first, to install its own wind turbine energy source in 2009.

 

“We are constantly looking for new ways to be more energy efficient,” says Bolton Valley’s President George B. Potter. “Using wind power as an energy source is just one of those ways.”

 

The Green Mountain Awards were established in honor of Vermont’s Green Up Day. Vermont resorts competed to win the environmental stewardship awards in categories such as composting and recycling efforts.

 

Photo: Bolton Valley, Vt.