Vail Mountain cleanup is June 11; volunteers needed
VAIL — The U.S. Forest Service and Vail Mountain invite community volunteers to the annual mountain cleanup, scheduled for June 11. Volunteers will receive a single-day lift ticket voucher for the 2015-16 winter ski and snowboard season and will be treated to a barbecue lunch, compliments of Vail Resorts.
“Vail Mountain is a place that locals and visitors alike enjoy year-round, and we are grateful to Vail Resorts and the local community for volunteering to clean up their national forest and making this event such a success each year,” said Dave Neely, district ranger on the Eagle/Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest.
“Participating in Vail’s mountain cleanup day allows our guests and community the opportunity to make an instant positive impact on the mountain and our national forest,” said Brian Rodine, environmental manager for Vail Mountain. “Last summer more than 600 community volunteers and Vail employees collected over 1.5 tons of trash and recyclables at mountain cleanup. It’s amazing to see the difference that we can all make in just one day and to remember the importance of conserving our national forests now for future generations to enjoy.”
Volunteers are encouraged to complete release waivers prior to cleanup day. On cleanup day, all volunteers should meet at the base of the Gondola One in Vail Village by 9 a.m. with their own work gloves, water, sunblock, hat, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes and clothing for inclement weather. Volunteers will be transported up the mountain at 9 a.m. via Gondola One, provided with trash bags and transported to cleanup sites. The Wildwood Express Lift will also be running to help transport volunteers. In the event of severe weather, a decision will be made the morning of the cleanup to either move forward or postpone until the following day.
Beginning at noon, the Vail Mountain dining staff will host a complimentary barbecue at Sarge’s Grill at Mid-Vail for all volunteers, at which time a single-day complimentary lift ticket voucher for the 2015-16 winter season will be distributed to volunteers age 5 and older.
After lunch, volunteers will meet again to continue cleaning and hike down to the base area on assigned trails. Those who choose not to walk down the mountain may download the gondola.
All volunteers will need to complete and sign a liability release form and bring it with them on the day of mountain cleanup in order to participate. Liability releases are available online at http://www.vail.com/mountaincleanup.
Vail Resorts Epic Promise, the company’s social responsibility and environmental stewardship program encompasses three core efforts — charitable giving, volunteerism and environmental stewardship. For more information on the program, visit http://www.epicpromise.com.
For more information about Vail Mountain, go to http://www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead or call 970-754-8245.