Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Green Grades for ski areas announced

The always inflammatory, not exactly objective, Ski Area Environmental Scorecard just came out.
The annual report card put together by a coalition of environmental non-profit organizations is used as a way to get press for otherwise overlooked environmental offenses.
Every year the media runs what resorts scored an A and what resorts scored an F, and every year the resorts say they don't pay attention to the grades because, according to a Vail spokesman, the scorecard is "non-scientific and originates from an organization whose members exhibit bias in their view of and actions toward the ski industry and, in particular, resorts."
But, people tend to pay attention. Newspapers certainly do.
In a way, it's a brilliant way to bring attention to things like snowmaking and resort expansion that directly impact the public land but rarely get scrutiny in the press from a conservation standpoint.
One can argue that the way the resorts are scored is flawed or biased, but it's hard to argue that putting pressure on the industry to be more friendly to our air, water, wildlife, and public lands isn't a good thing.
Anyway, here is how some local ski areas scored:

Wolf Creek: A
Aspen/Aspen Highlands: A
Steamboat: D
Vail: D
Winter Park: B
Snowmass: B
Telluride: C
Monarch: B
Copper Mountain: F
Breckenridge: F

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