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Mountain Resort Sustainability in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, USA

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Mountain resort development and sustainability is problematic from inception through the life cycle of the resort. Decisions with respect to infrastructure and resultant impacts on wildlife, community social and economic structure, and resort management all affect the course and the ultimate footprint of development. Recently, global financial chaos has dramatically changed the fate of many destination resorts. This chapter examines three mountain resorts in Big Sky, Montana, USA. Located in the Greater Yellowstone Region adjacent to two national parks, the three resorts represent a cross section of management and finance philosophy and, differences in long term viability of their respective business plans. Given the complexity of the relationship between destination resorts and the host community economy it may be constructive to consider the nature of resort planning with respect to issues of private property and unanticipated community impacts.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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