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Proctor Wins Golden Eagle Environmental Award

Ski Magazine and the National Association of Ski Areas recognized the Proctor Ski Area as the small ski area in North America most committed to Enviornmental Sustainability. 

Press Release Courtesy of Andy Bigford, Mountain Group & Active Interest Media and Geraldine Link, NSAA Public Policy Director

SAVANNAH, Georgia, May 1, 2014—SKI Magazine has honored three ski areas—Steamboat, Colo., Arapahoe Basin, Colo., and Proctor Academy, N.H.—with the 2014 Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence. Additionally, SKI named Maura Olivos of Alta Ski Area in Utah as the inaugural “Hero of Sustainability” honoree for 2014.

The Golden Eagle Awards, overseen in a partnership between SKI and the National Ski Areas Association, are the ski industry’s most prestigious honor for recognizing resort environmental programs and projects. “When SKI founded this program in 1993, we wanted to encourage sustainability and recognize resorts for their commitment and proven results to environmental
programs,” said Andy Bigford, SKI’s publisher and the general manager of Active Interest Media’s Mountain Group. “It’s gratifying to see how far the industry has come in 20 years, particularly with today’s collective focus on addressing climate change.”

The resort awards are divided into three categories: small (fewer than 200,000 annual skier/boarder visits), medium (200,000 to 500,000 visits) and large (more than 500,000 visits). For 2014, SKI also launched the Hero of Sustainability Award, designed to honor an individual making a difference:

Proctor Academy, a private school in New Hampshire, won the Golden Eagle Award in the small ski area category. Proctor has adopted a school-wide Environmental Mission Statement, which includes purchasing all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The Academy aggressively applied its mission to the operation of its competition-oriented Proctor Ski Area, which includes alpine, Nordic jumping, and cross-country trails. Proctor invested $376,000 in upgrades, including a switch from diesel to electric powered compressors, the purchase and installation of 21 HKD SV10 Impulse Tower Guns and a Turbocristal Fan Gun, and the addition of
six additional GE PF400 Power Flood Lights, bringing the total to 42. End result: a total reduction of 140 tons of CO2e, equivalent to the annual emissions from 26.5 passenger cars.

About the GEAs
Established in 1993, the Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas. The awards are sponsored by SKI Magazine. Judges for this year’s awards include: Andy Bigford and Greg Ditrinco, SKI Magazine; Tiffany Beal, International Mountain Bicycling Association; Judy Dorsey, Brendle Group; Ryan Mayo, CLIF Bar & Company; Geraldine Link, NSAA; Don Dressler, USDA – Forest Service; and Kirk Mills, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).

About SKI
SKI Magazine (, located in Boulder, Colo., is the world’s oldest and largest ski publication. It is part of Active Interest Media’s Mountain Group, which also includes Skiing, Warren Miller Entertainment and NASTAR. AIM ( is a leading publisher of enthusiast publications across all platforms, and producer of consumer shows. The company’s
five publishing groups—the Equine Network, the Home Buyer Group, the Healthy Living Group, the Marine Group and the Outdoor Group—reach more than 20 million readers in 85 countries around the world. AIM’s titles include Backpacker, Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, SAIL, Log Home Living and Old House Journal. AIM was formed by Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm with offices in Chicago and Southfield, Mich., in partnership with CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III in October 2003.

About NSAA
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), headquartered in Lakewood, Colo., is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. Formed in 1962, NSAA today represents 332 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has more than 400 supplier members who provide equipment, goods, and services to the mountain resort industry. For further information on the Golden Eagle Awards or to learn more about environmental programs at ski resorts nationwide, visit
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