Vail Resorts, the largest ski-area operator in the US, will use wind power exclusively to provide electricity for all its resorts, hotels, retail operations and headquarters. The company has agreed to the annual purchase of 152,000 MWh of wind generated electricity from Renewable Choice Energy of Boulder, Colorado. Renewable Choice gets its credits from wind farms throughout the US, including developments in Colorado. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Vail's switch to wind power will cut more than 211 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. The deal makes Vail the second-largest corporate wind purchaser in the country. Texas-based Whole Foods Market is the clear leader at 458,000 annual megawatt hours. The company also announced a new "Ski With the Wind" promotion that offers a free one-day lift ticket at any of its resorts to anyone who buys one year of wind power for a family residence from Renewable Choice Energy. Vail Resorts owns and operates six ski areas in Colorado, California, Nevada and Wyoming. In addition to ski resorts, the company owns and operates a dozen lodges and more than 125 retail stores. The Colorado-based company recently relocated its headquarters from Vail Valley to the Denver suburb of Broomfield.
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