A Cleaner Ride to the Slopes at Salt Lake Region Ski Areas
Salt Lake City-based Canyon Transportation, an airport shuttle company, has converted four vehicles to propane autogas operation, says Blue Star Gas, “offering skiers a more environmentally friendly ride to and from mountain resorts.”
The company offers both private and shared rides from the Salt Lake City airport to the area’s nine local ski resorts.
“We’re the only company in Salt Lake City that provides shared rides to the four ski areas within an hour of the airport,” Canyon CEO Melanie Marier says in a Blue Star release. “Winter is our busy season and that’s also when we see the worst air quality in the area. Groups like Ski Utah, Protect Our Winters and Mountain Accord are helping steer the clean air conversation in the outdoor recreation industry.
Phasing Out CNG
“Converting our fleet to an alternative fuel is one way we can make a substantial contribution to the larger effort, along with moving more people at once and minimizing unnecessary trips.”
“The big selling points for us were logistics and range,” Marier said. “We had some natural gas vehicles in the fleet but we’re phasing them out because their range wasn’t working for us. Our propane vehicles will be able to drive an entire shift without refueling, which is a big advantage.”
Blue Star says it will oversee the vehicle conversion, install a 1,000-gallon on-site fueling system, and provide training and support to the Canyon Transportation team.
Canyon Transportation is Utah’s largest four-by-four transportation service, Blue Star says, with a 40-vehicle fleet of Ford Econoline and Transit vans, Expedition SUVs, wheelchair accessible vans and Mercedes Sprinters. The firm “has converted the first four Econoline and Transit vans and will continue to convert new vehicles,” Blue Star says. The conversions are expected to pay for themselves through fuel savings.
Dallas Allen is operations manager.
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Source: Blue Star Gas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up