News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Mt. Ashland Guests Continue Commitment To Renewable Energy (29-May-08)

Ashland, OR, May 29, 2008 - Mt. Ashland guests have met the Green Chair Renewable Energy challenge

Mt. Ashland guests have met the Green Chair Renewable Energy challenge during the second year of a three year contract.

In September of 2006, Mt. Ashland announced it had signed a three year deal with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation purchasing enough renewable energy to offset 100% of its electrical use each year through the 2008-09 season. Mt. Ashland agreed to purchase 780,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy investments from the Foundation each season through the contract period, enough energy to run the lifts, lights, lodges and the Ashland business office.

For the second year in a row, Mt. Ashland guest have met the challenge and continue to show their commitment to investing in renewable energy. By March 1st the ski area’s guests had met the goal of raising $6,240 in renewable energy commitments. By the end of the season Mt. Ashland has raised an additional $1,618 that will be applied toward next season’s goal, the final year in the three year contract.

Mt. Ashland guests can participate by making a $20 donation to upgrade their season pass to a Green Chair pass. For their donation they received a green colored pass that identified them as a renewable energy supporter. Lift ticket buyers also had an option to make a $1 donation to receive a Green Chair lift ticket.

The City of Ashland also benefits from this program. For every one thousand kilowatt hours that Mt. Ashland purchases, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation will invest $1 in the Ashland Renewable Pioneers program, a partnership formed between the City of Ashland and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Mt. Ashland’s investment this year will add $780 to the Ashland Renewable Pioneers project and $2,340 over the three year contract period.

“All of our environmental programs are participatory in nature. We invite the community to participate and learn about environmental stewardship,” explained John Speece, the ski area’s rental shop manager and Green Chair program designer. Mt. Ashland placed Keep Winter Cool posters on display at the mountain to educate its guests about what they could do individually to reduce CO2 emissions. The Keep Winter Cool educational campaign was designed by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and endorsed by the Natural Resources Defense Council. For more information on the Keep Winter Cool campaign visit: http://www.keepwintercool.org/whatcanido.html#energy.

Mt. Ashland’s Green Chair program earned the ski area a national award at the National Ski Areas Association convention last May in Energy Conservation/Renewable Energy; Mt. Ashland’s second national award since 2002.

Other Mt. Ashland environmental programs include a Car Pool program, the Mt. Ashland Ski Bus, Winter Science Field Trips, a Clean the Mt. Ashland Access Road Day, a Keep Mt. Ashland Clean and Green Day, and the Youth Summer Service Program. To lean more about these programs and to read the Mt. Ashland environmental charter visit: http://www.mtashland.com/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=8.

 
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