Green ski resort report

Some ski resorts are more environmentally friendly than others. The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition grades them each year and issues a Ski Area Environmental Report Card for resorts across the country.

For 2009, Squaw Valley earned an “A” and ranked No. 1 nationwide, primarily for its efforts to preserve sensitive areas, water conservation and its commitment to recycling and renewable energy. Also receiving A’s were Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood and Boreal mountain resorts.

Grades for other local resorts, listed in decreasing order of percentiles:

B’s: Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe, Kirkwood, Mammoth Mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Mt. Shasta Board & Ski Park.

C’s: Northstar-at-Tahoe, Dodge Ridge, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Bear Valley Mountain Resort.

View the report card at