Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Park City Mountain Resort in Utah won 2011 Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence. The awards were presented at the National Ski Areas Association convention in Carlsbad, Calif.
Grand Targhee won the award in the category for smaller ski resorts (up to 200,000 visits). The resort exceeded their goal of reducing energy use by 10 percent below the previous five-year average by hitting the 18 percent mark. The reduction came through equipment upgrades and retrofits, building weatherization, improved operating procedures and policies, and behavioral change.
Jackson Hole won the Golden Eagle for medium-sized resorts (200,000-500,000 visits) for implementation of its ISO 14001 registered Environmental Management System (EMS) over the past five years. The EMS provides for the integration of all departments to reach overall resort sustainability goals; promotes continuous annual improvement, and involves monitoring, reporting, and external verification to national standards.
Park City Mountain Resort won the Golden Eagle in the large resort category (500,000 or more visits) for its efforts in reducing the resort's carbon footprint during the season. That footprint was reduced by 54.8 percent, or the equivalent of taking 7,112 cars off the road for one year.