Save Our Snow celebration at A-Basin Saturday |

Save Our Snow celebration at A-Basin Saturday

Daily News staff report

ARAPAHOE BASIN – Arapahoe Basin will hold its second annual Save Our Snow celebration Saturday. The event will benefit High Country Conservation Center.

A green village in the base area will give guests the opportunity to speak with representatives from High Country Conservation Center, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Grant Family Farms, Renewable Choice, Clif Bar, Protect Our Winters and other organizations. Innovative Energy and Heatmeister will offer renewable energy demonstrations.

“The Save Our Snow celebration is an event to educate our guests, collaborate with our partners and have fun,” A-Basin environmental manager Sha Miklas said. “It’s very important to realize how the choices we make each day will affect our future. Hopefully this event will open some eyes, and we can impact how others live.”

The event includes a raffle featuring an A-Basin season pass, skis, Marmot gear and other items. Smokey the Bear will make an appearance in the base area and will have goody bags for the first 50 children who find him. A-Basin general manager Alan Henceroth will give an on-mountain tour of Montezuma Bowl to discuss environmental aspects of the ski area’s most recent expansion.

At the ticket windows, guests will be able to purchase a single-day lift ticket and a “Snow Huggers Club” membership for $50. Arapahoe Basin teamed up with the High Country Conservation Center in 2008 to form the club, which funds environmental projects, including education in schools, energy audits, public outreach and composting workshops. Members receive discounts at the ski area on lift tickets, rentals and lessons.

During today’s event, A-Basin guests will be encouraged to compost their leftover food items in hopes that the ski area will someday compost all food waste throughout the resort. Currently, the ski area composts food waste from its Legends Cafe, diverting about 3,000 pounds of organic material from the landfill every month. The company has further reduced its restaurant waste by switching to reusable cups, dishes and flatware.

To help “Save Our Snow,” A-Basin has been off-setting 100 percent of its electricity use with wind power since February 2008.

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