Environmentalists Give Resorts Low Marks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition says less than half the resorts surveyed are taking action to fight climate change and reduce carbon dioxide emisions.

Spokeswoman Auburn Bernstein says one of the resorts that didn’t fare so well was Kirkwood. They gave the resort a D.

"The entire mountain and all of the lodging and all the restaurants at Kirkwood are all run on diesel generators and are going to continue to pollute the beautiful national forest areas that surround Kirkwood. It’s really unfortunate."

"Well that’s ridiculous because that’s how Kirkwood generates its power." Kirkwood President Tim Cohee. "Kirkwood is a self-generating community. We’ve asked for years to be attached to the grid which has never happened. It’s probably not ever going to happen but Kirkwood is also under unbelievably strict emissions guidelines from the state air quality board as well as the local boards." 

Cohee says Kirkwood always meets state and local environmental mandates. He says the Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition is biased against resorts that expand.

The coaltion gave an A to Alpine Meadows for using cleaner burning bio-diesel fuel in their grooming machines. Other top scoring resorts include Sierra At Tahoe and Bear Valley Mountain.