Waterville Valley Ski Area has teamed up with American Energy Independence Co. of Pittsfield, N.H., to turn waste cooking oil into boiler fuel.

American Energy collects the used cooking oil, processes it, and returns it to Waterville Valley for use as boiler fuel.

"Our industry depends on cold temperatures and lots of snow," resort CEO Chris Sununu said. "The entire Waterville Valley Resort management team is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, offsetting foreign oil imports, and following sustainable environmental practices.  Choosing AMENICO is just one of many steps we've taken to achieve these goals."

American Energy takes the waste cooking oil and manufactures it into diesel fuel, which is returned to Waterville, blended with heating oil, and burned in the ski area's boilers for heat.

New Hampshire's Sununu family led a group of investors in buying Waterville Valley from Booth Creek Resorts in October.

The purchase returned ownership of Waterville Valley Ski Area, Waterville Valley Nordic Center, and Waterville Valley Conference Center and Town Square to local control for the first time in 15 years.

Sununu told OnTheSnow at the time, "Our vision is to return Waterville Valley to being the premier resort it was, can and should be, and that really starts with our belief that local control and local management is always best."

He said the sale price was under $12 million.

Waterville Valley has 52 trails and five glades, two high-speed quads, two triple chairs, three doubles, and five surface lifts, with 259 acres of skiing and riding, and a vertical drop of 2,020 feet.

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