These are the ten resorts that are doing the most to lessen their impact on the Earth.

The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition makes the list.

Here’s their mission statement: The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition works to ensure that ski area management decisions, either by the Forest Service, the ski companies, or local goverments, are responsive to the needs of real environmental protection, local communities, and the skiing public.

“The Ski Area Environmental Scorecard is the only non-industry, independent mechanism that gives skiers and boarders a way to assess the environmental performance of their favorite resorts. By choosing environmentally friendly ski areas, you can encourage all resorts to improve their policies.”

The 2008/2009 Scorecard includes the latest information on resorts that are:

Impacting Roadless Areas
Logging Old Growth Forests
Purchasing clean, renewable wind energy
Using cleaner burning, biodegradable biodiesel.
Performing energy efficiency upgrades
and much more

Top Ten Resorts

1 Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado, www.aspensnowmass.com

Photo by Matt Power