Wolf Creek Ski Area sees the importance of being an environmentally conscious ski area, as well as being a leader in maintaining sustainable business practices. For these reasons, Wolf Creek purchases 100% renewable energy in the form of solar and wind, is dedicated to forest stewardship, has installed EV Charging stations, uses biodegradable oils in machinery and has water free restrooms. The 2022-23 ski season will mark Wolf Creek’s 16th consecutive season of purchasing renewable energy for mountain wide and year round operations. Wolf Creek Ski Area is also a proud member of EPA Green Power Partnership since 2006. The Environmental Protection Agency recognized Wolf Creek Ski Area as a 100% Green Power User since 2013 with the exception of 2017 where Wolf Creek totaled 95.5% for Green Power. The EPA has also recognized a few years of W.C.S.A. surpassing 100% on green power. Through renewable energy practices, Wolf Creek has removed the equivalent of 250 cars from the road last year and/or 15.4 tanker trucks worth of gasoline.
Wolf Creek’s forest, like most in Colorado, is dealing with the enormous and on-going campaign of reducing the dead trees from the plight of the spruce bark beetles within the ski area permit. Wolf Creek has employed a helicopter service each summer to fly out as many dead trees as it is economically possible. With the forest floor being littered with fallen dead and blown over trees, the removal process is critical to allow for early season access and better conditions on low snow years.
Wolf Creek, already known for going solar and being a leader in sustainable business practices, constructed an onsite EV charging station in the summer of 2021. The ChargePoint Charging Station is located in the Lower Parking Lot. Upon arrival, parking attendants will direct you to the station. The charging station offers five connections with one being Level 3 (fast charge) and the remaining four being Level 2 (medium charge).
The Biodegradable oil is manufactured out of grape seed oil and is guaranteed to break down into a completely biodegradable product in less than four weeks. Wolf Creek is unique in using this product and has done so for well over a decade.
Wolf Creek Ski Area’s snow pack provides essential watershed into a vital American water source. Not only is Wolf Creek very mindful of the watershed, but also conservation of water in facilities at the ski area. Low water-usage toilets were put in place in 1982 long before it was proper to save water resources.