Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is one of the “Greenest” mountains in the USA!
In an era when tourist attractions and ski areas across the country are just beginning to go “green,” Wachusett Mountain Ski Area has been and continues to be a leader in promoting environmentally-friendly tourism both regionally and nationally.
For more than 25 years, the ski area has made protecting the mountain’s natural resources -- while providing a valuable recreational opportunity to Massachusetts residents -- one of its primary focuses. From simple environmental protection measures to more comprehensive conservation initiatives, Wachusett’s long history of developing programs to protect the natural resources of the region has been a model for ski areas across the country and has earned numerous awards. The ski area’s commitment to environmental programs is stronger than ever.
Here’s a quick look at some of Wachusett’s green initiatives “by the numbers!”
||The amount that Wachusett has contributed to state’s land acquisition fund since 1988 providing protection for more than 500 acres of open space in central Massachusetts.
||Gallons of cooking oil Wachusett annual converts to biodiesel to help fuel the mountain’s five grooming vehicles.
||The first year Wachusett Mountain was awarded a prestigious environmental award for its “green” initiatives. The Mountain has earned recognition at a national level for its environmental programs at least 4 times during the past 10 years alone.
||The number of acres Wachusett Mountain Ski Area leases for alpine skiing/snowboarding from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation.
||The number of interpretive kiosks located around the mountain explaining important environmental and historical information about the area.
||The one-way cost to take the “Ski Train” from Boston to nearby Fitchburg where a Wachusett shuttle will pick you up.
||The length of the sewer line from the mountain to the Fitchburg wastewater treatment plant which Wachusett Mountain donated to the town of Westminster in 1982.
||The number of wind turbines Princeton Municipal Light Department is constructing at Wachusett's summit in summer 2009.
Here is a complete summary of “green” programs at the mountain:
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