MYTH Ski areas chase animals away.


FACT Despite fears voiced by some environmentalists, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that many species coexist nicely with ski areas, and in some cases wildlife has increased after a ski resort opened its lifts. Deer and elk do not seem bothered by chairlifts or people. Elk herds, once a concern at resorts such as Beaver Creek in Colorado, are increasing. In fact, the combination of open, grassy slopes and nearby forest provides a great diversity of habitat.