[R482R, Vail Resorts] has teamed up with Mountain Sports and SnowSports Industries of America for a new generation of recycling. We're not talking leaving your old straight skis at the local Goodwill to become wall art, either.

This new ski and snowboard recycling program turns your old gear into flooring. Stations in Vail have already taken in hundreds of skis, boards, boots, and poles and sent them off to a company in Denver that will then disintegrate them. The residual powder will then be used to make countertops, decks, shelving, flooring, and other construction materials.

This is the first year for the program which was designed to help keep old ski gear out of landfills.

In the meantime, Vail is making moves to green-up their transportation. The Colorado giant plunked down $38.3 million to purchase Colorado Mountain Express.

"We are pleased to be adding Colorado Mountain Express to the Vail Resorts portfolio, which represents the first touch point with many of our guests when they arrive by air to Colorado for a world-class ski, snowboard, and mountain resort experience," said Rob Katz, Vail Resorts CEO. "The acquisition of Colorado Mountain Express is also closely aligned with our company's goals of improving access to the mountains and operating in a sustainable manner by providing guests the option of minimizing traffic on I-70 and reducing fuel usage through carpooled ground transportation."

CME has year-round ground transportation from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport to [R197R, Keystone], [R77R, Breckenridge], [R113R, Copper Mountain], Frisco, Silverthorne, Vail, [R36R, Beaver Creek], Avon, Edwards, and [R25R, Aspen].