BIG SKY – The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition named Moonlight Basin Ski Resort as Montana’s most environmentally friendly ski resort for the 2011/2012 season. Moonlight Basin earned an ‘A’ grade from the SACC, a top honor that is awarded to ski resorts that excel in the area of environmental practices and policies.

Ranked #1 in Montana for the third year in a row, Moonlight was recognized for its efforts in habitat protection, watershed protection and addressing global climate change, among other areas.

“We’re incredibly honored to earn the SACC’s distinction once again this season,” said Moonlight Basin Resort’s Planning Director Kevin Germain. “Environmental stewardship remains a top priority for the resort as we continually strive towards achieving the highest standards in this arena. We realize we can always improve our stewardship efforts, so any good ideas are welcomed.”

The Ski Area Environmental Scorecard is a service of the SACC to encourage ski resorts to operate in a more eco-sensitive nature. The SACC grades each western U.S. ski resort according to ongoing eco-friendly practices and procedures. The criterion is grouped together into four categories: Habitat Protection, Protecting Watersheds, Addressing Global Climate Change, and Environmental Practices and Polices, which then form an overall grade.

A detailed Moonlight Basin 2011/2012 report card is available at skiareacitizens.com/index.php?nav=report_card