Ski areas’ environmental scores get a lift, Vail gets ‘C’ on report card |

Ski areas’ environmental scores get a lift, Vail gets ‘C’ on report card

DENVER, Colorado ” A group that grades the environmental friendliness of ski areas in the West says 53 of the 83 resorts it reviewed this year boosted their scores — but seven received failing grades.

The resorts with the highest and lowest scores are both in Colorado.

The Ski Areas Citizens’ Coalition says Aspen Mountain got an ‘A’ with a top score of 85.7, while Copper Mountain ranked lowest at 31.9 for an ‘F.’

Coalition research director Hunter Sykes says Copper’s low score was almost entirely due to an expansion of terrain and real estate development. Aspen was credited for trying to minimize impacts of development.

Copper Mountain spokeswoman Lauren Pelletreau says the group’s scorecard doesn’t credit resorts’ sustainability initiatives or community involvement.


The coalition said Sundance in Utah, Squaw Valley in California, Mount Bachelor in Oregon and Bogus Basin in Idaho were among a record 18 resorts who got As this year, up from 12 last year.

Besides Copper Mountain, other resorts receiving Fs this year were the 49 Degrees North Resort, Chewalah, Wash.; Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, Spokane, Wash.; Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge, Colo.; Tamarack Resort, Tamarack, Idaho and Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho.


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