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Wagner Skis is committed to doing things right, whether that means custom-designing skis or running operations in a responsible way. To that end, the Telluride, Colo.-based factory just announced it has become the first 100% solar-powered ski factory.
“As a skier, obviously I want it to snow,” said Pete Wagner, founder of Wagner Skis. “And I want to do our part to minimize climate change and set an example of how businesses can minimize their impact. We can now say Wagner Skis are made in the U.S. by skiers in a solar-powered ski factory. I think that’s pretty cool.”
In addition to the solar power initiative, Wagner Skis places an emphasis on using renewable materials whenever possible, sources materials from local and U.S. companies, and recycles as much scrap as possible. “We don’t claim to be perfect, but as a manufacturer, the things we really focus on are energy conservation, minimizing our carbon footprint through the materials we use and how we source them, and focusing on waste-stream reduction,” Wagner said.
The solar installation is the first in the Mountain Village core. “It’s cool that you can see it—we’re producing our power on our roof. We’re hoping this is going to inspire other businesses to do this sort of thing.”
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