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Skiing and the Environment 28 December 2009

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The Economist discusses the environmental impact of skiing:

Jennifer Burt and Kevin Rice of the University of California, Davis, decided to examine the American system. They studied seven resorts of differing sizes close to Lake Tahoe in northern California and Nevada, all of which had most of their ski runs below the timberline. Dr Burt and Dr Rice surveyed the vegetation and soils on the different ski runs and then compared them to adjacent areas of nearby forest…What they found was that the way in which the trails had been constructed accounted for nearly all the difference in the number of plants and the diversity of species present.

More here. It’s short and interesting throughout and confirms that, yes, snowboarders are worse for the environment. No terrain parks without clearing and grading.

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