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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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

Preface

Acknowledgments

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

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781578051021
Subtitle:
Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns, and the Environment
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Author:
Clifford, Hal
Location:
San Francisco, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Skis and skiing
Subject:
Ski resorts
Subject:
Leisure industry
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Industries - Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Skiing
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Economics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
80
Publication Date:
20031001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 13.5 lb

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Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Winter Sports » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Winter Sports » Skiing
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Product details 300 pages Sierra Club Books - English 9781578051021 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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