Environmental group gives Vail a "B" | VailDaily.com

Environmental group gives Vail a "B"

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail scored a “B” and Beaver Creek, a “C” on an environmental report card released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups.

The analysis by the Ski Area Citizens Coalition also says Colorado ski resorts are getting greener. Colorado resorts as a whole improved for the fourth year in a row, the coalition said.

“Ski resorts are doing a lot more to invest in the resort as far as efficiency upgrades, producing renewable energy on site, things like that,” Coalition Research Director Paul Joyce said.

At the same time, the recession has been thwarting development, he said.

“The ski resorts don’t have a lot of extra money, the banks aren’t lending and there isn’t a lot of money for big developent,” Joyce said.

Still, there’s plenty of room for improvement, he said.

“We’re not there yet,” Joyce said. “There’s a lot ski areas can do. A lot of ski areas are still ignoring the mesage or they’re not even paying attention.”

Of the Vail Resorts properties in Colorado, Breckenridge once again received the lowest grade, a “D.”

Aspen Ski Co.’s mountains got straight A’s, with the exception of Snowmass Ski Resort, which slipped to a “B.”

Vail and Beaver Creek got the same overall grades they received last year.

The environmental groups have been putting out their report card for 10 years. It uses 40 criteria to evaluate the environmental policies and practicies of ski areas.

See the full report card at http://www.skiareacitizens.com.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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