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Downhill Slideby Hal Clifford
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In this impassioned expose, lifelong skier Hal Clifford reveals how publicly traded corporations gained control of Americas most popular winter sport during the 1990s, and how their greed is gutting ski towns, the natural environment, and skiing itself.
Chronicling the collision between Wall Streets demand for unceasing revenue growth and the fragile natural and social environments of small mountain communities, Clifford shows how the modern ski industry promotes its product as environmentally friendly, while at the same time creating urban-style problems for mountain villages. He suggests an alternative to this bleak picture in the return-to-the-roots movement that is now beginning to find its voice in many American ski towns, and he relates stories of creative business people who are shifting control of the ski business back to the communities that host it.
Hard-hitting and carefully researched, Downhill Slide is indispensable reading for anyone who lives in, visits, or cares about what is happening to Americas alpine communities.
Now available in paperback, Downhill Slide is the first investigative analysis of how corporate interests gained control of America's most popular winter sport, and how they are gutting ski towns, the natural mountain environment, and skiing itself in the desperate search for short-term profit.
In this impassioned expose lifelong skier Hal Clifford reveals how publicly traded corporations gained control of America's most popular winter sport during the 1990s, and how their greed is gutting ski towns, the natural environment, and skiing itself. Hard-hitting and carefully researched, Downhill Slide is indispensable reading for anyone who lives in, visits, or cares about what is happening to America's alpine communities.
Table of Contents
1. From Rope Tows to Real Estate
2. Skiing's Self-Defeating Arms Race
3. Wall Street Comes to the Mountain
4. What Is Land For? A Theological Schism
5. Selling the New Resort
6. Potemkin Villages and Emerald Cities
7. Smokey the Bear, the Ski Industry's Best Friend
8. Resort roadkill: The Environmental Price Tag
9. Commuters or Communities?
10. Back to the Future
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