Telluride soars on environmental report |

Telluride soars on environmental report

Daily Staff Report

A few resorts that generally received the poorest grades on a environmental coalition’s annual report cards have made significant gains.

Mammoth, Telluride, Park City and Squaw Valley are now among the ski industry leaders in environmental practices, according to a coalition that has typically opposed expansion at ski resorts.

“In recent years Telluride has limited their terrain expansions to areas that are accessible only by hiking,” said Ben Doon, research director for the Ski Area Citizens Coalition. “They’ve also started using renewable biodiesel fuel and solar panels, and they’ve undertaken an extensive energy retrofit program to update inefficient, older facilities.”

Vail Mountain was ranked in the middle of the pack and ahead of Vail Resorts’ other Colorado Mountains. Keystone got a C, Beaver Creek, a D, and Keystone, an F. Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe was not evaluated.

Telluride received an F when the scorecard debuted in 2000.Mammoth, Park City and Squaw Valley have stopped development projects and adopted a variety of conservation program, the coalition said.

“Resorts like Breckenridge and Copper in Colorado, Kirkwood in California, and Crystal Mountain in Washington are continuing their outdated, destructive practices and have ranked amongst the poorest environmental performers on the Scorecard since 2000,” said Autumn Bernstein, land use campaign Director for Sierra Nevada Alliance.

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