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Ski Areas: Background and Overview
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Operations
Reasons to Change
Environmental Management
Preventing Pollution
Where To Go for Help
Acknowledgements
Complete List of Links

Essential Links:

Greening Your Ski Area
The handbook provides environmental strategies for on-mountain operations, as well as for management...

National Ski Areas Association
In June 2000, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) adopted an Environmental Charter and a progr...


In the 2003/2004 ski season, 494 ski areas operated in 39 states on more than 90,000 acres of public land. They had a total of 56.8 million skier visits - the third best season ever - that generated approximately $3.8 billion in revenue. A skier visit (or skier day) represents one person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day or night for the purpose of skiing or snowboarding. Generally, ski areas in the U.S. are divided into five regions: the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific West.

The table below shows the number of skier visits (in millions) in each of these regions in the 2003/2004 season. Source of the data is the Kottke National End of Season Survey 2003/2004 Report, prepared by the National Ski Areas Association.

Ski Region Skier Visits
Northeast 12.8
Midwest 7.8
Southeast 5.6
Rocky Mountain 19.2
Pacific West 11.4

The breakdown compared to the record 2002/2003 season is as follows. The Pacific West grew by 8.4 and the Rocky Mountain Region was up .3. The Midwest and Southeast both declined by 3.5. The Northeast dropped 8.9. Substantial pre-Christmas snows in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies gave areas in the Pacific and Rocky regions an early season boost. Skier areas are also actively exploring ways to "keep their skiers skiing."

This topic hub is based primarily on information provided in a handbook titled "Greening Your Ski Area - A Pollution Prevention Handbook." The handbook was released in January 2002 and is highly recommended reading. It provides environmental improvement strategies for on-mountain operations, as well as for management functions that can impact environmental performance.

The handbook was a project of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Pollution Prevention Program, with funding through the Environmental Protection Agency. It was produced by Tetra Tech EM Inc. It can be found in its entirety at: peakstoprairies.org/p2bande/skigreen/.


 

The Topic Hub™ is a product of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

The Ski Areas Topic Hub™ was developed by:

Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center
Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center
Contact email: information@peakstoprairies.org

Hub Last Updated: 12/2/2013