Mammoth Mountain Celebrates Earth Day 2008

mammothopen_7_300.jpgOFFICIAL PRESS RELELASE – Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and the Town of Mammoth Lakes remain committed to conservation of the Inyo National Forest and surrounding areas.  To increase awareness of the importance of reducing environmental impact, Mammoth Mountain's Department of Environmental Affairs has worked with community partners to bring a special Earth Day celebration to the Town of Mammoth Lakes starting on Friday, April 18, 2008 and leading up to Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

Mammoth Mountain will kick off Earth Day festivities with naturalist-led, scenic snowshoe tours from Main Lodge to Minaret Vista.  The scenic trips will feature discussion of Mammoth Mountain's earth friendly initiatives and the importance of each individual's impact on the environment.  Snowshoe tours will run daily from Friday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 22, leaving from the Mammoth Mountain Inn at 2 p.m.

Directly following the scenic snowshoe tours, Mammoth Mountain's Dry Creek Bar and Mountainside Grill will feature a selection of special menu items, including seasonal, organic appetizers, beverages and happy hour specials.

Mammoth Mountain's ongoing initiatives include:

Mammoth has implemented the use of biodiesel fuel in its entire diesel fleet of buses and snowcats in order to reduce harmful air emissions.

Mammoth has taken conservation measures such as installing motion sensors on light switches and automated heating which have resulted in a 10% reduction in energy consumption and reduced propane use by over 100,000 gallons annually.

Mammoth has set the bar for future development projects with a new 3-bedroom LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified cabin at Tamarack Lodge, set to open in June 2008.  This cabin, built in a way that minimizes impact on the surrounding environment, will utilize automated and high efficiency fixtures in addition to meeting ENERGY STAR home standards.

For a complete schedule of events, including all participating businesses and organizations, check HERE.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's Department of Environmental Programs was established in 2000 to help ensure sustainability. To be sustainable Mammoth Mountain must simultaneously fulfill environmental responsibilities, economic requirements and social needs. Mammoth strives to become a better steward, committed to the enhancement of our ecosystem through resource conservation, habitat preservation, biosphere protection and strategic alliances. For more information on Mammoth Mountain's Department of Environmental Programs, visit MammothMountain.com.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. With 1.6 million annual skier visits, Mammoth Mountain is currently the third most frequented ski resort in the United States. The company owns and operates a variety of resort businesses including recreation, hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage and retail. Specific businesses owned and operated by Mammoth Mountain include Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Mammoth Mountain also operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village at Mammoth and Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.