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Rating the Resorts

Want to know if your favorite ski area does right by the environment or is just putting on a good show? The Ski Area Environmental Scorecard grades the 70 largest ski resorts in the western United States on their green policies and management. Produced by the Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition, a group of nonprofit conservation organizations, the project rates the areas on 12 critical issues, including development of undisturbed land; damage to wetlands, old-growth forests, and roadless areas; snowmaking operations; and water and wildlife management. Resorts are rewarded for protecting wildlife habitat, reducing auto use, and recycling. At right are the heroes and the zeroes.

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For the most up-to-date ratings, go to; to see how the ski industry rates itself, go to

10 Best
Aspen Highlands, Colorado
Aspen Mountain, Colorado
Buttermilk Mountain, Colorado
49 Degrees North, Washington
Silver Mountain, Idaho
Stevens Pass, Washington
Sundance, Utah
Sun Valley, Idaho
Timberline, Oregon
Wolf Creek, Colorado

10 Worst
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Big Mountain, Montana
Breckenridge, Colorado
The Canyons, Utah
Copper Mountain, Colorado
Deer Valley, Utah
Heavenly, California
Keystone, Colorado
Snowbasin, Utah
Vail, Colorado

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