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    How is Summit Powder Mountain limiting resource consumption on the mountain?

    One of the best parts of being an inverted resort like Powder Mountain is the need for fewer lifts, thanks to horizontal access from lifts like Hidden Lake to several nearby bowls. While we have more skiable acres than any other resort in North America, we have far fewer lifts.

    Our Design Guidelines promote the responsible development of residences on Powder Mountain. Specifically, we incorporate the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (similar to LEED certification), which speaks to energy efficiency, water conservation, and other green practices. Development plans limit residential building sizes, incorporating small homes and micro-units into the core of our future Village to promote affordability and sustainability.

    As well, we limit our resource consumption in many ways, like creating an efficient trail and lift network, eliminating plastic bottles, and not making snow – the largest use of water and energy for most resorts. We’ve also planted 5,000 trees, put 630 acres of land on the east bench of the Ogden Valley into a conservation easement, and we are working with the Ogden Valley Land Trust to put more than 800 additional acres of land into conservation easement before the end of the year.

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