The first North American deployment of the PistenBully100 E helps taos achieve net zero engagement
TAOS, New Mexico, April 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Taos Ski Valley today took a major step in its commitment to be net zero by 2030 by being North America first ski resort to announce that it will deploy a fully electric PistenBully snowcat. Kässbohrer’s 100 E is a state-of-the-art snowcat that will be used to groom Tao’ slopes the next ski season. The caterpillar is just the latest in a series of major investments taos has done to significantly reduce paving and snowmaking emissions, in addition to a variety of other energy-saving investments.
Grooming is a major operational effort for any ski resort, with snowcats deployed daily before and throughout the ski season to prepare the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. taos has already invested in high-efficiency snowmaking and grooming equipment that uses significantly less energy, and now with the new all-electric snowcat, the resort further demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and its B Corp promise to use the business as a force for good.
“Our mantra is to be better, not bigger, and this investment exemplifies that,” said David NordinCEO of Taos Ski Valley. “Achieving net zero carbon emissions is the right thing to do for our community, our local environment and the entire outdoor recreation industry, which is on the front lines of the climate crisis. We are grateful to the teams at PistenBully and Kässbohrer All-Terrain Vehicles who partnered with us and worked to help us secure this new snowcat.”
The PistonBully 100 E uses a 126 kWh battery and can run for four hours per charge. taos plans to install specialized charging stations in strategic locations on the mountain, and the resort has also installed 20 electric vehicle charging stations for use by guests and the local community. taos secures its electricity through the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, so electricity used during the day at EV charging stations is generated by solar panels, furthering the station’s net zero commitment. Kit Carson Electric will be 100% daytime solar in June 2022.
“Whether it’s caterpillars, food composters that dramatically reduce food waste and associated methane, LEED certification of our award-winning hotel, or our unwavering commitment to healthy forests and waterways, we refuse to compromise on environmental sustainability,” Norden continued. “We must ensure that this mountain community remains a viable and thriving outdoor respite for generations to come.”
taos is a triple golden eagle winner of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) award, which recognizes ski resorts for their environmental initiatives. In 2021, the most recent year awards were given, taos has been recognized for its impact on climate change and its overall environmental excellence.
The new PistonBully 100 E should be delivered to taos in Q1 2023 and will be deployed on the mountain during the Winter 23 ski season.
On Taos Ski Valley
Nestled among the pristine peaks of northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is experiencing a $300 million renaissance, making it one of North America’s premier vacation and adventure destinations. With over 300 inches of average annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and over 1,200 skiable acres, Taos Ski Valley is the world’s first B Corp certified ski resort, meaning it operates to the highest standards. higher levels of environmental and social sustainability and economic justice. An independently owned and operated station, taos retains authentic charm while providing a world-class experience both on and off the mountain for skiers and boarders of all skill levels. Taos Ski Valley is proud to participate in the Mountain Collective and Ikon Pass. To learn more about Taos Ski Valley and its B Corp commitment, please visit www.skitaos.com.
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