With recycling, carpooling, biodiesel, and green power programs, the resort hopes to keep future snows coming to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. In the past four years, the resort has doubled its solid waste recycling from 20 to 40 percent, and this winter, they kept 8,000 pounds of cardboard out of the local landfill by using the new baler they purchased. To combat the use of non-renewable and polluting energies, the resort purchases 100 percent of its power from wind sources, rewards skiers all winter who show up in a car carrying four or more people with prime parking in the first lot, and runs all shuttles, grooming machines, and snow removal equipment with biodiesel. Last month, Targhee even went one step further in creating a new position to lead its green movement. "We're not expecting a financial return on our recycling efforts," says Christina Thomure, Director of Sustainable Operations. "It's about doing the right thing."
- Snow Reports