SKI Magazine and the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) have recognized Winter Park Resorts new Lunch Rock Restaurant with the 2015 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence. The prestigious honor is the ski industrys highest environmental award and was bestowed at the NSAA annual convention in San Francisco, California.
Lunch Rock Restaurant was tops among environmental projects at all large resorts (more than 500,000 visits annually) nationwide due to the sustainability of its construction and extensive utilization of repurposed materials. Adhering to the U.S. Forest Services Built Environmental Image Guide, Lunch Rock was singled out for its minimal construction disturbance and the use of natural materials such as wood and rock in both the exterior and interior. Recycled material including pine beetle wood and snow fences from Wyoming were used prominently throughout the building in siding, furniture, cabinets, signs, and doors. Lunch Rock also features CFL and LED electrical fixtures and bulbs along with low-flow water fixtures. The electrical and gas usage is monitored and controlled remotely to reduce energy use and there is a state-of-the-art interpretive display, providing guests with current information on the resort, the local USFS district, and the importance of clean water.
Perhaps most importantly, Lunch Rock was recognized for staying true to the rich history of the area while incorporating modern construction techniques designed to protect and preserve the fragile, high-alpine environment to which it belongs.
This is the first time Winter Park Resort has earned the Golden Eagle accolade, which has been awarded annually since 1994.