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by , SmarterTravel Staff - April 14, 2008
Two skiers hike the Aspen backcountry at sunrise

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado, is one of the greenest ski towns around, thanks largely to the efforts of the Aspen Skiing Company, which operates Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk ski areas. In 2007 the company won the top Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award for its efforts, including being the first U.S. ski resort to purchase wind power and build certified green buildings. It also uses 100 percent renewable energy and created a nonprofit employee organization to raise money to protect mountain ecosystems.

(Photo: Brian Porter/Aspen Skiing Company)

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