Taos Ski Valley, NM, First Resort in North America to Use 100% Electric Snowcat

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PistenBully 100 E. Credit: PistenBully

Taos Ski Valley, NM, just took a significant step forward in its commitment to be net-zero by 2030 by being North America’s first ski resort to announce it will deploy a fully electric PistenBully snowcat. The 100 E from Kässbohrer is a state-of-the-art snowcat that will be used to groom Taos’ slopes next ski season. The snowcat is just the latest in a series of significant investments Taos has made to significantly reduce grooming and snowmaking emissions and a variety of other energy-saving investments.

Grooming is a major operational effort for any ski resort, with snowcats deploying every day before and throughout the entire ski season to prepare the slopes for skiers and riders. Taos has already invested in high-efficiency snowmaking and grooming equipment that uses significantly less energy. With the new fully electric snowcat, the resort further demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and its B Corp promise to use business as a force for good.

“Our mantra is to be better, not bigger, and this investment exemplifies that. Achieving net-zero carbon emissions is the right thing to do for our community, our local environment, and the entire outdoor recreation industry, which is on the frontline of the climate crisis. We’re grateful to the teams at PistenBully and Kässbohrer All-Terrain Vehicles that partnered with us and worked to help us secure this new snowcat.”

– David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley

The PistonBully 100 E uses a 126kwh battery and can operate for four hours per charge. Taos plans to install specialty charging stations in strategic locations throughout the mountain and has already installed 20 EV charging stations for guests and the local community. Taos secures its electricity through the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, so the daytime electricity used at the EV charging stations is generated through solar arrays, furthering the resort’s net-zero commitment.  Kit Carson Electric will be 100% daytime solar in June 2022.

“Whether it’s snowcats, food composters that significantly reduce food waste and the associated methane gas, LEED-certification of our award-winning hotel, or our unwavering commitment to forest and stream health, we refuse to cut corners in environmental sustainability. We must ensure this mountain community remains a viable, thriving outdoor respite for generations to come.”

– David Norden

Taos is a three-time Golden Eagle award winner from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), which honors ski resorts for their environmental initiatives. In 2021, the most recent year awards were given, Taos was recognized for its climate change impact and overall environmental excellence.

The new PistonBully 100 E is expected to be delivered to Taos in Q1 2023 and deployed on the mountain during the Winter 23 ski season.

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