Ski Conservation and Forest Stewardship Fund

Vail, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin Ski Resorts put their guest's contributions to the Ski Conservation Fund towards a competitive grant round that once a year provides grants to local conservation organizations to improve recreational access and remediate impacts on this high-use forest.

Friends of Dillon Ranger District Support from the Ski Conservation Fund helped Friends of Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) continue on-the-ground projects to improve habitat and recreation in the Dillon Ranger District on the White River National Forest. By organizing over 1,000 volunteers, including over 300 youth, FDRD improved and maintained 4.5 miles of trails, constructed over a mile of new trail, planted over a thousand trees and shrubs and restored a bridge, eight campsites, 20 acres of riparian habitat and more.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) conducted high-priority trail maintenance and restoration on 23 miles of trail and provided on-mountain education to hikers on five of the White River’s eight 14ers: Mount of the Holy Cross, Maroon Bells, Snowmass Mountain and Quandary and Capitol Peaks. On-mountain hiker educators made contact with over 4,000 hikers. As a result of CFI’s continued restoration on these peaks, the most commonly used ascent/descent routes are in better shape, trail structures are more durably constructed, trampled alpine vegetation adjacent to the trails has been restored, and the hiking trails are better able to protect fragile alpine tundra plant communities from damage by passing hikers.

These projects were made possible by funding from all three resorts: Vail, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin. Nearly a dozen additional projects are accomplished each year with funding from one or more of these resorts.

Youth volunteer day with Friends of Dillon Ranger District
Peaks Trail before Friends of Dillon Ranger District work
Peaks Trail after Friends of Dillon Ranger District work
Friends of Dillon Ranger District trail crew volunteers