Vail Mountain to host mountain cleanup with free barbecue on June 15
VAIL — The U.S. Forest Service and Vail Mountain invite community volunteers to the annual mountain cleanup, scheduled for Thursday, June 15. Volunteers will be provided a barbecue lunch at Mid-Vail, compliments of Vail Resorts.
“The Vail Mountain cleanup day is an opportunity for our guests and our employees to come together and volunteer in their national forest,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer at Vail Mountain. “We are excited to welcome locals and visitors alike to Vail Mountain for a day of giving back, a barbecue and getting out to enjoy the beautiful mountain.”
Volunteers will meet at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village by 9 a.m. with their own work gloves, water, sun block, 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 then will head to clean up various areas of the mountain from Mid-Vail by walking and limited shuttles.
Volunteers should be able to hike for several hours and descend and ascend uneven terrain. In the event of severe weather, a decision will be made the morning of the cleanup to either continue with the event or postpone.
Beginning at noon, the Vail Mountain dining staff will host a complimentary barbecue at Mid-Vail for all volunteers. After lunch, volunteers can hike down to the base area. Those who choose not to walk down the mountain may download the gondola.
“It’s fun to roll up your sleeves, grab a trash bag and spend a few hours in the forest,” said Brian Rodine, environmental sustainability and compliance manger. “When you get to the bottom hauling a bag full of litter and see a few hundred others doing the same, you know that public and employees have teamed up to make a real positive impact on the mountain.”
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 in the Event Calendar.
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