Lake Tahoe ski resorts have better relations with the environment

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 2, 2009 11:09 am

As of Monday, Lake Tahoe area ski resorts officially did better than they did last year regarding environmental evaluations. Resorts either showed improvement, or remained steady. Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition released its 9th annual Environmental Report Card, and Sugar Bowl and Northstar-At-Tahoe both received higher marks than last year.

How did they do it? Northstar’s land conservation in the Martis Valley and LEED certificate for the Village-at-Northstar development certainly helped.

Alpine Meadows and Homewood ski resorts both received “A” marks for their environmentalism. Here’s Rachel Woods of Alpine discussing the benefits of this system: “It helps to further the awareness of environmental efforts at Homewood and Alpine Meadows, and other resorts, which leads to a dialogue,” Woods said. “We’re all on the same team in this and we’re all coming up with good ideas.”

It seems skiers and snowboarders are definitely paying attention to this stuff. In the 2007-2008 season, Kirkwood got negative reviews, and that turned into negative publicity from patrons. The next year, they improved drastically.  Here’s what Patricia Hickson, Program Associate with South Lake Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada Alliance (a member organization of the Ski Area Citizens Coalition) had to say about that: “I hope that ski resorts do continue to take into account that they can be models for environmental performance given that they can attract a clientele that is passionate about the outdoors and appreciate that part of the experience as much as any of the resorts’ amenities,” Hickson said.