Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 21, 2013 12:02 pm

In the 6-part video series Our Story, the most unique people and places of Aspen/Snowmass have been featured to share their passion for life. With their newest story, the Coal Mine Methane Project, environmental sustainability is the focal point to make the world a cleaner place.


The significant statistic provided by the Aspen/Snowmass film is that 40% of America’s energy comes from coal yet very dangerous methane gas is vented from the coal mines into our atmosphere.

With a deep concern for the environment, Aspen/Snowmass has recently invested in a three-megawatt power plant at Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, CO. In efforts to find a cleaner way to get power, a new strategy has been discovered to capture waste methane gas emitted from coal mines to generate electricity.

VP of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company: Auden Schendler stated, “The project is very simple. Coal mines vent methane to protect miners and it’s wasted. We’re using that methane to generate electricity and it makes as much power as our four mountains use every year.”



Aiden Sheahan supports the recycled methane power plant project by recycling old factory rails for skiing. | Photo: Chase Jarvis

However, there  are only 3 coal mine methane power plants in the United States. The initiative to create a cleaner environment has begun and much more is in the future.

Skiiers and snowboarders of Aspen/Snowmass such as Eric Angus  and Aiden Sheahan share their support for a clean environment to ski/ride. In the Coal Mine Methane Project clip, several athletes ride on site of the coal mine using recycled pipes from the mine to reuse for recreation.

Stay tuned every Tuesday through November 12, 2013 for a new episode of Our Story. To see the schedule and sign up to have the weekly video releases to come straight to your email inbox visit .