Powderhorn is one of the first smaller resorts to "go green," meaning it is more energy efficient and aware.
The resort, just outside of Grand Junction on the Western Slope of the Rockies will offset the energy requirements of two of their three lifts with wind energy credits purchased from Renewable Choice Energy of Boulder. It's a start.
"More and more ski areas now realize that environmental responsibility starts with us," said Powderhorn's Sarah Allen. "Our goal is to raise awareness and help educate consumers about the benefits of wind power."
Aspen and Vail spearheaded the efforts in Colorado regarding renewable energy amid concerns about climate change. Officials at the Aspen Skiing Company have repeatedly warned about the impact of global warming on the state's snowpack levels and the long-term viability of the ski industry.
Powderhorn officials say the resort has saved up to 40 percent in their landfill by recycling.