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August 09, 2006

Vail Resorts Buys 100 Percent Wind Power

Vail Resorts, Inc. has vaulted into the number two position for corporate buyers of green power by purchasing 152,000 megawatt-hours of wind power. The purchase will offset all the electricity used by the company, which operates four ski resorts in Colorado, one ski resort in California, 125 retail locations (operated through Specialty Sports Venture), 10 resorts through its RockResorts subsidiary, three lodges in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, plus the nearby Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club, as well as its new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. The company is buying all of its wind power in the form of renewable energy credits, purchased from Renewable Choice Energy. The purchase will avoid the emission of 211 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year. See the Vail Resorts press release.

Vail Resorts' purchase places it in the number six spot overall for green power purchasers, just behind DOE and ahead of Starbucks. Among corporate buyers, only Whole Foods Market is buying more green power. The lists of top green power buyers, compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, were last updated in June and do not yet include Vail Resorts. See the top 25 list and the top 10 corporate buyers list from the Green Power Partnership.