Stratton Named Finalist for NSAA Golden Eagle Award

By Lucyann Murray

We are excited to announce that the National Ski Area Association has named Stratton as one of four finalists for the Golden Eagle Award for medium-sized ski areas. The Golden Eagle Award, sponsored by SKI magazine, was established in 1993 to recognize outstanding resort achievements in the environmental arena. We are recognized along with Alta Ski Area (UT), Durango Mountain Resort (CO), and Arapahoe Basin (CO). Way to represent the East Coast!

The recipient of the Golden Eagle award will be announced on May 1, so stay tuned!

In an effort to reduce fossil fuel dependence and overall environmental footprint, we focused our attention on snowmaking. Four major projects took the spotlight: snow gun upgrades, electric air compressors, earth terrain features, and data tracking. After one Centac 1500 HP Diesel Air Compressor burned down in a fire, instead of purchasing another Diesel Air Compressor, Stratton upgraded to 300 high efficiency snow guns on the mountain. We replaced a second Diesel Air Compressor with the same size Electric Air Compressor, further reducing dependence on fossil fuels. 9900 cubic yards of earth fill has been installed at the tubing hill to substitute snow previous retired, and lastly Stratton has signed on to Efficiency Vermont’s Continuous Energy Improvement program which implements a complex data tracking system to help keep us accountable and reduce our energy use. The savings associated the these projects are vast, totaling about 251,670 gallons of diesel fuel per year, equivalent to 441 metric tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. With all these initiatives in place, we are on the road to becoming diesel-free in snowmaking.

Congratulations to all who helped put these projects into place! Keep your fingers crossed until May 1.