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Winter recreational demand and multiple use in the Revelstoke/Golden region of British Columbia Loewen, Kurt Gregory


The forestlands of Southeastern British Columbia are under multiple use pressures. Timber harvesting is the primary land use, but winter recreation is increasing. Questionnaire data and a Travel Cost Model were employed to determine daily consumer surplus of three recreational activities: helicopter skiing, commercial backcountry skiing and snowmobiling. Depending on which functional form is chosen, significant differences in consumer surplus calculations are apparent. Results from a simple linear program that maximizes social benefit from heli-skiing, commercial backcountry skiing and snowmobiling, suggest that commercial backcountry skiing should be favoured over the other two uses for a specified zone of conflict.

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