Green is good. Here’s what’s happening.
1 Reduce emissions. Ride the ski bus. Better yet, buy a season pass and you get to ride the bus free.
2 Earth-friendly heat. The spanking new Milly Chalet has a state-of-the-art Earth-friendly heating system called Geo Exchange. It uses the Earth’s natural ability to store heat in the ground and then give it up to heat a building. A geothermal exchange system differs from a conventional furnace or boiler because it transfers heat rather than producing heat. Geothermal systems are growing in popularity as energy costs rise and pollution continues to be a concern. And Brighton’s new lodge is right there.
3 Enjoy your national forest. Brighton is located in a national forest – the lungs of the Earth and the watershed for Salt Lake City. That’s why the slopes aren’t lined with condos and there are no shopping malls.
4 Indigenous and native species are used for revegetation. Wimpy seeds won’t do. They have to be tough to take root in the harsh mountain conditions. That’s why we gather and plant indigenous seeds and use native species.
5 Mountain and water education. Take an ecology ski tour. Go on an owl walk. Or help pull noxious weeds in summer. The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (CCF) in partnership with the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, the Salt Lake City watershed, the resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and over 200 volunteers does it all.
The CFF conducts education programs and environmental improvement projects to promote and sustain our natural resources. For example: Did you know that 60 percent of Salt Lake City’s water supply comes from the canyons? So educating the skiers, riders and citizens to be good stewards of the land and water is crucial to the ecology.
Join a highly trained volunteer from the CFF for an informative and fun ski tour down a groomed slope making stops to learn about the mountain animals, the water, the forest, and local mining history. The program is free and is offered on weekends and holidays. Look for the banners. Ask for the time and on-slope meeting place. More info.
6 Reduce energy usage. Early in the season we help Mother Nature by making a bit of snow on the lower mountain. After that, we step back and Mom takes over giving us an average of 500 inches – over 40 feet – a season.
7 Kaboom. Our state-of-the-art electronic avalanche release system on Milly rattles snow loose by a remote controlled computer, and thus it eliminates the need to travel to the sites by vehicle.
8 Of course, we recycle.