Wolf Creekís forest, like most in the state of Colorado, is infested with the spruce beetle. More information on this policy is available by contacting Wolf Creek Ski Area or downloading a pdf here: Vegetation Management Plan and Cover Type map.
Wolf Creek Ski Area sees the importance of using renewable energy sources and feels that businesses should be setting an example in this area. For this reason, Wolf Creek purchases 100 percent of all power usage, mountain wide and year round, from a green power energy supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, who in turn supplies the SLVREC, the local power company for Wolf Creek. This green power comes from two wind farms located near Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Although this energy is currently more expensive, Wolf Creek is making a substantial commitment in showing the need for sustainable business practices. The average monthly usage for Wolf Creek is 145,900 kwh, which would be equal to removing 241 cars a year from the road. Wolf Creek has been recognized by the Forest Service for subsidizing 100% of power usage with wind power.
Two modern water-free restrooms facilities have been given final approval by the USFS. These environmentally friendly restrooms are water-free, composting and certified with a zero discharge. The restrooms will be 800 square feet in size, heated and located at the tops of the Treasure Chairlift and the Raven Lift. Low water-usage toilets have been in place in all other restroom facilities at the ski area since 1982 long before it was proper to save water resources. Also, Wolf Creek Ski Area conducts bi-annual in depth water sampling, conducted by an independent water firm, of all major streams passing through Wolf Creek Ski Area. Wolf Creek uses 100% biodegradable hydraulic oils in all heavy equipment. This oil is manufactured out of grape seed oil and is guaranteed to break down into a completely biodegradable product in less than four weeks. As far as we know we are the only ski area in Colorado using this product and have been using this product for well over ten years.
For the past 16 years Wolf Creek Ski Area has participated in an in-depth study of the water quality coming from precipitation. This program is being done in conjunction with the University of Illinois in order to determine trends in acid rain and acid snow.
Wolf Creek recycles kitchen oil, steel, cardboard, paper, batteries, old uniforms, ink jet cartridges, phone books and old computers. Wolf Creek Ski Area also owns an off site facility which stores other products that should be recyclable, but without cooperation from suppliers, the used products accumulate. Wolf Creek strives to find companies that would recycle some of these products. For example, old plastic ski boots: no ski boot manufacturing companies recycle their product even when asked. Call for information about other used products that canít be recycled.
Solar power is used at small outlying buildings at Wolf Creek. Also, through buying shares in San Juan Biodiesel, Wolf Creek is supporting this alternative fuel source.
The Ski Areas Citizens Coalition has given Wolf Creek a "A" on their environmental Report Card, check out the details at www.skiareacitizens.com
UPDATE - Unfortunately we have discontinued our participation in the Share the Ride Service previously available through our web site. Participation was just too low to justify our continued involvement when there is so much work to be done. However, we highly encourage people to carpool to the Mountain, and if there's anything we can do to help, let us know!