By The Numbers

Two of Aspen SkiCo's Latest Environmental Measures

Thanks to an electric snowmobile and tree-less paper, our slopes are a little greener this year.

By Cindy Hirschfeld January 15, 2020 Published in the Holiday 2019–2020 issue of Aspen Sojourner

The Aspen Skiing Company, already known for its industry-leading sustainability efforts, has adopted two public-facing conservation measures—both developed by Canadian companies—for this winter: printing all trail maps on waterproof, tear-resistant Stone Paper, which uses ground-up minerals instead of tree fibers, and testing a snowmobile from Taiga Motors, which will introduce the world’s first designed-from-scratch electric sleds to consumers next year. Here, some stats behind the resource-saving ventures.  

trees used to make Stone Paper




percent consists of pre-consumer stone waste


ski areas currently using it for their trail maps


Aspen Snowmass trail maps printed


percent smaller carbon footprint than
for paper made from trees

days of nonstop showering would equal the amount of water saved in making 1 ton of Stone Paper versus 1 ton of virgin pulp paper 


electric snowmobiles at a ski resort equals the
air quality benefit of electrifying 2,000 cars 

Taiga Motors Nomad snowmobile based at Snowmass


ski resorts (Aspen and Sweden) testing the snowmobiles all winter


seconds to go from 0 to 60 



$15,000 starting price for purchase; reservations being taken now for late 2020 delivery



miles that it can travel on a single charge (averaging 37 mph)


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