News & Community Loon Mountain's Sustainable Initiatives
Loon Mountain goes green to keep our slopes white.
Loon Mountain is dedicated to providing outstanding outdoor recreation to our guests, while taking steps to protect our environment and our climate.
Here is an overview of Loon's current sustainable slopes initiatives. Additional environmentally-friendly initiatives are planned to further Loon's ongoing commitment to protect our most precious resource, the environment. Please see 'What You Can Do to Help', below.
Loon's Green Initiatives include:
- Recycling & Waste Stream Reduction
- Increasing Energy Efficiency
- Improving Air Quality
- Sponsoring the Kancamagus Highway, a National Scenic Byway, via the Adopt a Highway program. This program helps fund highway clean-up efforts. Loon Mountain employees, in conjunction with local children, also help keep 'the Kanc' clean with an annual spring cleanup day.
- Endorsement of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Environmental Charter
- Boyne Resorts has partnered with Cool Earth, committing to protect endangered rainforests
2011 Annual Kancamagus Clean-up
Loon Mountain Resort is dedicated to providing outstanding outdoor recreation to our guests, while taking steps to protect our environment and our climate. In this year's effort to keep the surrounding environment clean and welcoming for visitors and locals alike, 46 employees and students came together on May 24, 2011 to clean up the Kancamagus Highway.
Every spring since 1987, Loon Mountain employees and eighth grade students from local Lin-Wood Middle School have worked together to give back to the environment and clean up the Kancamagus Highway.
The effort by Loon employees and local students is part of New Hampshire's Sponsor-a-Highway program, in which thousands of volunteers representing over 700 groups have maintained over 1,500 miles of New Hampshire roadside. The Kancamagus Highway, a National Scenic Byway which passes right by Loon Mountain and through the heart of the White Mountains, provides year-round access to outdoor enthusiasts. Whether skiing at Loon, road or mountain biking, hiking, camping, or simply going for a car ride, the 'Kanc,' as it is affectionately known, is one of the most beautiful roads in New Hampshire.
Visitors and locals can do their part to keep roads and trails clean by not littering while driving, skiing, hiking or camping and always packing out what they pack in. For more information on New Hampshire's Sponsor-A-Highway Program, visit www.nh.gov
Recycling & Waste Stream Reduction
Base lodge recycling program enables guests to recycle bottles and cans in the Octagon Base Lodge, Governor's Lodge and the Pemigewasset Base Camp.
- On-mountain lodges support recycling of glass and plastic bottles
- Wash-able plates and soup bowls are used in the Octagon Cafeteria, and all locations use or are switching to earth-friendly hot and cold cups and napkins
- More than 300 gallons of waste oil and vehicle fluids each year. Loon's Maintenance Center also has a 2,800-gallon oil-water separator, which can separate oil and other waste from water before it is flushed into the septic system.
- Motion sensor activated paper towel dispensers to limit paper towel use
Increasing Energy Efficiency
- Snowmaking improvements for 2010-11 include 428 new HKD 5V-10 impulse tower guns, which added substantial firepower to Loon's already powerful snowmaking system.
- Conversion of all lighting over to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use approximately 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs
- Installation of highly-efficient Buderus boilers upgrades, installation of highly-efficient Marathon water heaters
- Motion sensors on restroom lights
- Installed "air curtains" in the Governor's Lodge Snowsports Area and Adaptive Program to better retain heat
- New, efficient windows and doors have been installed in the resort's administrative offices, Children's Center, and base lodges, making it easier for these facilities to retain heat.
Improving Air Quality
- Anti-idling policy for company vehicles and anti-idling guest education through signage in skier drop off areas
- Lodging shuttles to minimize use of individual vehicles and limit vehicle emissions
Partnering with Cool Earth to Preserve Rainforests
Loon is proud to participate in this partnership with our sister resorts in the Boyne Resorts family. Our partnership with Cool Earth is helping supercharge our corporate policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all resort locations in the United States. By investing in rainforest protection, for every ton of CO2 generated by a Boyne Resorts lodge, lift and vehicle, two tons of equivalent emissions are prevented.
Boyne Resorts' commitment to protecting 141 acres of endangered rainforest is enough to cover twice our amount of carbon emission (based on the company's current resort portfolio) over a one-year period. Boyne's pledge to rainforest protection is already impacting the lives of those in local communities and the security of trees in the Ashaninka, Peru. For more information about Cool Earth and to learn how you can help preserve the rainforest, please visit www.coolearth.org.
What Can You Do to Help?
Please follow the Leave No Trace (TM) Principles when visiting Loon and other mountain resorts. Here is a list that combines these, Keep Winter Cool and other ideas that can help you help our environment and our climate. If we each do our part, together, we will make a difference!
- Dispose of waste properly and never throw trash from a lift. Reduce, reuse and recycle when possible.
- Respect ski area boundaries. They are there for your safety as well as to protect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other guests and the quality of their experience.
- If you are dropping off or waiting for passengers, turn off your vehicle's engine. On cold mornings, limit the amount of warm up time for your vehicle. If your engine is idling for more than 10 seconds, you should turn it off to conserve fuel and limit global warming pollution.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Whenever you turn a switch on, think about whether there is anything you can turn off.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs and will save you money on your home's electric bill.
- When staying at a hotel or condominium, reuse linens to help conserve water and energy, and turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Use wash-able dishware and silverware rather than paper and plastics.
- Carpool with family and friends whenever possible.
- When selecting your next vehicle, choose the most-efficient, least-polluting one that meets your needs.
- After the ski season remove roof racks and snow tires to improve your vehicle's gas mileage and efficiency. It can save you 6% at the gas pump. Regular tune ups and replacement of air filters will help, too.
- Be an efficient consumer and choose the most energy efficient appliances and electronics that meet your needs. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.
- If your power company offers green power, consider switching some or all of your electricity to 'green' energy.