How does skiing effect the environment?
Impacts soil viability
Not only do ski areas occupy space that might've otherwise been used as habitat by some species, they modify wildlife use of habitat. Species such as the mountain goat detect anthropogenic disturbances from afar and at according to if a predatory threat were nearby
Not only do ski areas take up space that would've otherwise been used as habitat, they also modify wildlife use of the landscape. Species such as the mountain goat are able to detect anthropogenic disturbances and act according to if a predatory threat was near. (1)
The construction of ski areas on mountain ecosystems is
threatening to fragile soil communities. Biogeochemical cycling, water storage, nutrient cycling, and erosion control are all put at risk when a ski resort is built. In the process of construction, surface clearing removes the top soil and vegetation on the mountain, making it difficult for preexisting flora to reestablish. (2)
HOWEVER, some of the same factors that drive away mountain goats actually can facilitate wolf presence depending on the intensity of the disturbance. Similarly, grizzley bears utilize cleared ski runs while mountain goats steer clear.