Ski Areas Citizens' Coalition Environmental Report Card

Whether you're hitting the slopes early or late in the season, you'll want to know that your chosen resort lives up to its eco-friendly claims. The Ski Areas Citizens' Coalition is made up of nonprofits in Washington State and California, and is endorsed by conservation organizations across the Western US, where it reports on 77 resorts. The evaluation criteria include avoiding the development of undisturbed lands, protecting water quality, and minimizing traffic, energy use, emissions and pollution. The Coalition's web site allows you to write to your favorite resort to give feedback on its performance. Is yours in the top ten?All of these resorts received A ratings:

Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado
Buttermilk Ski Resort, Colorado
Sundance Resort, Utah
Alpine Meadows, California
Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Sierra-at-Tahoe, California
Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, Idaho
Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Wolf Creek Ski Area, Colorado
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

These received Ds and Fs:

Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado
Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado
White Pass Ski Area, Washington
Big Sky Resort, Montana
Silver Mountain Ski Resort, Idaho
Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington
Snowbasin Ski Resort, Utah
Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Montana
Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Wyoming

Happy Skiing! :: Ski Area Citizens' Coalition