Peak 6 expansion a black eye for Breckenridge
How well does your favorite resort rank in environmental performance.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The controversy swirling around the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area is reflected in the latest edition of the Ski Area Environmental Report Card.
The Summit County ski area received one of the lowest grades in the state and country based on the potential impacts that the expansion would have on forests, wildlife habitat and other natural resources.
Powderhorn, the small area on the rim of the Grand Mesa that was recently purchased by Andy Daly and the Gart family, garnered the highest score, joining the four Aspen areas, Crested Butte Wolf Creek and Vail in getting an “A” grade.
The scorecard rates resorts according to their environmental performance, particularly based on plans for terrain expansions and snowmaking. The ski industry hasn’t been fond of the ranking system, to say the least, claiming that it doesn’t take into account the positive steps resorts have taken to improve their environmental performance.
The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition publishes the rankings as a way to educate consumers about the impacts of developed, lift-served skiing. The report card does consider resort efforts to reduce energy use, but it is weighted toward assessing impacts to undisturbed lands.
A full explanation of the ranking system is online at the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition website, which also includes links to source documents.
This year’s report notes that the slow economy has been a double-edged sword as far as environmental performance. Most resorts have slowed down expansion plans significantly.
At the same time, resorts have also slowed their efforts in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Several resorts that touted their use of wind power for their operations have quietly stopped purchasing renewable wind energy credits in the past couple of seasons.
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Here are the top 10:
The lowest-ranked resorts in the country.
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