No ski resort in California or Nevada is more environmentally friendly than China Peak, according to an annual evaluation released Friday by the Ski Area Citizens Coalition.
China Peak got an A on the Ski Area Environmental Scorecard, receiving 91.7% of the possible points. Sugar Bowl (90%), Alpine Meadows (86.5%), Squaw Valley (84.8) and Kirkwood (81.7%) rounded out the top five.
The Huntington Lake resort ranked No. 3 in the West behind Utahs Park City (93%) and Washingtons Stevens Pass (92.3%).
The scorecard comes out every year, just before Presidents Day weekend, traditionally the busiest of the season for ski resorts.
The scorecard is compiled by the Sierra Nevada Alliance. It evaluates ski resorts on 35 criteria including land preservation, water conservation and commitment to and quality of programs such as recycling and alternative energy.
"The Ski Areas Citizen's Coalition has for the past decade attempted to both represent the public's interest in ski resorts showing more and more sensitivity towards their natural environment, as well as pressure resorts to do more to protect the environment in which they operate, China Peak owner Tim Cohee said in a statement.
China Peak is pleased to be recognized as a statewide and national leader in environmental sensitivity, which is a tribute to our staff's passion for what we do. Which is to provide a high quality skiing and snowboarding experience while showing diligence in the care of our 1,400 acres of U.S. Forest Service land."