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Water Resources

Principle #2: Water Resources

In the day-to-day operation of our area and associated facilities, there are many opportunities for stewardship, conserving natural resources, and achieving efficiencies. Taking advantage of these opportunities will not only benefit the environment, but can also result in long-term cost savings. Water is an important resource for the resort as well as the surrounding natural environments and community, and should be used as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Water Use in Facilities


  • Conserve water and optimize efficiency of water use in ski area facilities

Options for getting there:

  • Conducting water use audits and investigating methods and alternative technologies to reduce water consumption
  • Installing water efficient equipment in facilities such as low-flow faucets and toilets
  • Participating in existing water conservation and linen and towel re-use programs
  • Educating guests and employees about the benefits of efficient water use

Water Use For Landscaping and Summer Activities


  • Maximize efficiency in water use for landscaping and summer activities

Options for getting there:

  • Incorporating water efficiency BMPs in planning and design phases
  • Planning summer uses in conjunction with winter uses to maximize the efficiency of necessary infrastructure
  • Using drought-tolerant plants in landscaped areas
  • Using native plant species where appropriate
  • Using water efficient irrigation and recycling/reuse technologies
  • Using compost in soil to increase water retention and reduce watering requirements
  • Inspecting and monitoring systems to reduce water loss
  • Watering at appropriate times to minimize evaporation
  • Educating employees about efficient water use

Water Quality Management


  • Meet or exceed water quality-related requirements governing ski area operations

Options for getting there:

  • Participating in watershed planning, monitoring and restoration efforts
  • Using appropriate erosion and sediment control practices such as water bars, revegetation and replanting
  • Maintaining stream vegetative buffers to improve natural filtration and protect habitat
  • Applying state-of-the-art or other appropriate storm water management techniques
  • Utilizing oil/water separators in maintenance areas and garages
  • Using environmentally sensitive deicing materials
  • Encouraging guests to follow the Leave No Trace™ principles of outdoor ethics


  • Manage wastewater in a responsible manner

Options for getting there:

  • Planning for present and future wastewater needs with adjacent communities
  • Using appropriate wastewater treatment technology or alternative systems to protect water quality
  • Connecting septic systems to municipal wastewater systems where appropriate
  • Exploring the use of decentralized or on-site treatment technologies where appropriate
  • Re-using treated wastewater/greywater for non-potable uses and appropriate applications
  • Monitoring wastewater quality

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