- All volunteers will receive a single-day lift ticket voucher for 2010-2011 winter ski season
- Community also invited to help plant 1,500 spruce seedlings on Vail Mountain
New this year and keeping with one of Vail Resorts Echo’s key focus areas of environmental stewardship, 1,500 spruce seedlings will be planted on Vail Mountain in an effort to help reforest areas affected by the mountain pine beetle. Following traditional cleanup efforts in the morning, a limited number of volunteers will have the opportunity to plant the spruce seedlings supplied by the US Forest Service with the YCC.
Lodgepole pines that were affected or could be affected by the mountain pine beetle on approximately 16 acres of terrain on Vail Mountain were cleared in 2008. Treatment on an additional 26 acres of terrain began this spring and will continue this summer. This will be the first reforestation effort that Vail Mountain has conducted with the US Forest Service and the resort anticipates continued tree planting efforts on an annual basis in areas that have been impacted by the mountain pine beetle.
“Vail Mountain’s cleanup day has always been a great opportunity for all of us to give back to an environment that provides so much fun throughout the year and to pick up a few interesting treasures along the way,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “The addition of tree planting with the US Forest Service, the Youth Conservation Corps and community this year brings the effort full-circle and truly reflects the values of Vail Resorts in caring for our natural environments.”
All volunteers are encouraged to pre-register and complete release waivers prior to meeting at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead at 8:15 a.m. Teams will be transported up the mountain at 8:30 a.m., provided with trash bags and directed to specific cleanup sites. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, water, sunblock, hat, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes and clothing for inclement weather. A limited supply of gloves for cleanup and tools for tree planting will be made available. In the case of severe weather, a decision will be made the morning of the clean up whether or not to continue or postpone the cleanup.
At 12:30 p.m., the Vail Mountain dining staff will host a complimentary barbecue at Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest for all volunteers, at which time a single-day complimentary lift ticket voucher for the 2010-2011 winter season will be distributed to volunteers. After lunch, teams will meet again to continue cleaning and hike down to the base area on assigned runs. Those who choose not to walk down the mountain may download the Eagle Bahn Gondola.
The first 60 volunteers who pre-register to plant trees will receive a second ticket for their additional time and efforts. Tree planting volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at Eagle’s Nest for further instructions from team leaders. Groups will depart to various locations and will plant for approximately two to three hours before downloading the Eagle Bahn Gondola or being shuttled down the mountain.
To pre-register, visit the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead or call (970) 754-VAIL (8245), providing names of volunteers, a phone number and e-mail address.
Vail Resorts Echo, the Company’s social responsibility and environmental stewardship program encompasses three core efforts – charitable giving, volunteerism and environmental stewardship.
The Eagle County’s Youth Conservation Corps is a program for kids to learn about forest management and natural resource career opportunities while assisting public land agencies with much-needed work. More information on the YCC can be found at http://eaglecountyweb.com/administration/ycc.cfm.
For more information about Vail Mountain go to www.vail.com, visit the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call (970) 754-VAIL (8245)..
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and the consumer website is www.snow.com.