Ski Ya Later
According to the Ski Area Citizens' Council, however, the industry has not, by and large, lived up to its lofty goals. The independent group has released its annual report card for 77 ski areas around the country and a good many of those resorts receive failing grades. Among other things, areas are dinged for excessive snowmaking and reckless expansion into surrounding wildlife habitat. They are also held accountable for things they aren't doing, like giving skiers incentives to carpool or installing solar and wind power at their facilities.
Click here for a list of 10 best and worst ski areas from the report card. Skiers are encouraged to send resort owners a message letting them know they actually care about this stuff.
To learn more about the ski industry's effect on communities and the environment, check out Hal Clifford's Downhill Slide, from Sierra Club Books.