Because ski areas are often in otherwise undeveloped locations, national forest, or even wilderness their environmental impact can be significant. Add the population growth happening around the area, and all the utility, waste management, air and water quality and traffic issues and it can be a resource planning nightmare. So many destination resorts were built decades ago before regulations were in place that it's difficult to upgrade their environmental performance at this point. How do we feel about skiing at commercially overdeveloped areas? Is it something you think about? or do you just get on a plane, step on the gas, click in and point 'em? The National Ski Areas Association has mounted a commendable campaign (their "Sustainable Slopes" program) which sets some great goals for areas; and their "Keep Winter Cool" promotion about global warming. But most really "green" organizations feel that the NSAA's stance is too soft, too voluntary and lacks any kind of independent verification. This post really just scratches the surface of a big issue, but what are others thoughts?
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8/15/03 at 7:17am