The state of Colorado is globally known for its world-class skiing and numerous ski resorts. The ski industry is a big part of the state’s economy as many of those who work in towns such as Vail and Aspen either directly or indirectly are employed because of it.

As we see more and more advancements in technology, we also see numerous new ways to operate in day-to-day life that have less of a negative effect on the environment as opposed to the past.

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Many of Colorado’s ski resorts have adopted new eco-friendly ways of operating over the years, but just how green are these ski areas? Keep scrolling to find out.

What are the Greenest Ski Resorts in Colorado?

In case you missed it, it was just announced by Arapahoe Basin that the ski resort is now officially operating on 100% renewable energy, making them one step closer to becoming carbon-neutral by the year 2025 as planned.

However, A-Basin wasn’t the first Colorado ski area to accomplish this as Wolf Creek transitioned to 100% renewable energy roughly a decade ago in 2013.

Vail Resorts, which operates Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort, plans to have a “net-zero operating footprint” by the year 2030 and is working diligently to use as much renewable energy as possible leading up to this goal.

Another huge Colorado ski conglomerate, Aspen Skiing Company, is consistently improving its four ski resorts’ eco-friendliness by using solar and composting.

In addition, we’re also seeing eco-friendly initiatives being put into place by resorts such as Steamboat Springs, Powderhorn, and Purgatory, to name a few.

Smoke Shacks are Secret Manmade Huts on Colorado Ski Mountains

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

If you’re not a ski bum or a ‘local’ in a ski town, you may not know about the secret, manmade huts on Colorado ski mountains known as ‘smoke shacks.’

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

History of Fatalities + Fire at Now-Abandoned Colorado Ski Resort

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Geneva Basin is an abandoned ski resort outside of Georgetown, Colorado, and has an unfortunate history of fatal accidents and a devastating fire.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

See Eerily Abandoned Colorado Ski Resort that May Reopen Soon

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Take a virtual tour of Colorado’s forgotten ski resort, Cuchara Mountain Park, which despite being abandoned for over 20 years may be reopening soon.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

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