Breckenridge gets $110,800 from Xcel |

Breckenridge gets $110,800 from Xcel

Robert Allen
Summit Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mark Fox | Summit Daily

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – Xcel Energy gave Breckenridge Ski Resort a $110,800 rebate check this week for its 70 new energy-efficient snow guns and improved controls, according to a joint press release.

The ski resort is expected to save more than 721,000 kilowatt hours of electricity this winter.

“That’s enough to power about 100 homes in Colorado for a year,” according to the press release.

The snow guns are equipped with variable frequency drives – a technology installed on the 5 Chair and C Chair at Peak 8 in 1990.

“When we slow a lift down, we use a variable speed drive,” said Jon Mauch, director of lifts at the resort. “Standard motors run at one speed.”

VFDs improve efficiency by using energy in proportion to what’s needed. With snow guns, the proportion of water and air varies with temperature. The speed of the pump on the VFD snow guns changes as needed.

“They are more and more common,” Mauch said, adding that Vail Resorts was one of the first to use the technology.

The resort has also upgraded lighting and even on-mountain restroom equipment in recent years to conserve resources.

Nine waterless urinals and four Dyson Airblade hand dryers were installed at the Vista Haus as part of a men’s room remodel before the 2008-09 season. Similar equipment is in use at Keystone.

An estimated 100,000 gallons of water were saved through the winter.

The rebate check the resort received Thursday was part of Xcel’s programs offered to business and municipal customers as incentive to reduce energy consumption.

For more information on Xcel’s energy- efficiency programs, visit

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.