Five Things You May Not Know About Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing.jpg1.  Founded in 1946 in Aspen, Colorado, Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. In 1950, Aspen hosted the United States’ first world skiing competition, which attracted over 1,500 people and gave ASC worldwide visibility.

2.  Aspen Skiing Company was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. This is the third time ASC has made the list in the last five years.

3.  Aspen Skiing Company’s Employee Volunteer Program encourages full-time, year-round employees to take up to 16 hours of paid time to volunteer. This program has the potential to generate 15,500 hours of service and over $330,000 in wages donated to support the community.

4.  The Environment Foundation was created by Aspen Skiing Company employees to protect the local environment. Their weekly contributions are matched by the Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund, the Aspen Community Foundation, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Over 15 years, the foundation has given $2 million to 390 projects.

5.  Aspen Skiing Company invested $5.5 million to develop the first large coal mine methane-to-electricity project in the United States. The three-megawatt project will make 24 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, roughly the same amount the ski resort uses. By destroying methane that would otherwise be vented, it eliminates three times the greenhouse gas emissions the resort creates annually. In this effort, the Aspen Skiing Company partners with: Holy Cross Energy (a utility); the Elk Creek Coal Mine; Vessels Coal Gas (the developer).