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National Forest Foundation

Since 2006, Vail Reosorts and the  the National Forest Foundation’s (NFF) Ski Conservation Fund have raised $3 million for on-the-round conservation efforts such as trail restoration and reforestation. This program has supported 58 projects in the forests that surround our resort communities. A total of 9,811 volunteers have given more than 87,000 volunteer hours and more than 2,700 youth have been employed. Check out some recent project accomplishments:

  • 966 miles of trail maintained, improved or repaired
  • 243 acres of habitat restored or maintained for wildlife
  • 236 acres of wildfire fuel reduction planned or completed
  • 12,293 trees planted
  • 13 miles of stream restored
  • 1,439 acres treated for invasive species

Vail Resorts partners with the Ski Conservation Fund to raise funds through a voluntary guest donation program. This program invites guests to contribute $1 on a variety of resort activities and amenities, to which the NFF matches $.50 cents for every guest dollar donated.

How To Get Involved

Next time you purchase a season ski pass, an online lift ticket, a round of golf or a hotel room at our Colorado-based properties, indicate that you’d like to contribute to the Ski Conservation Fund at checkout!



Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Trail Restoration on the White River in Eagle County, CO 

Colorado Mountain Club
Trail Restoration on Buckskin and Willow Passes in Aspen, CO

Eagle County Youth Conservation Corps
Helping promote use and understanding of the environment 

Eagle River Watershed Council
Enhance the usability of the Piney River Habitat in and trail restoration on Homestake Creek in Vail, CO; trail restoration on the East Fork Red Dirt Creek Stream Bank in Dotsero, CO

Friends of Dillon Ranger District
Helping the FDRD Stewardship Program 

Friends of the Eagle Nest Wilderness
Removing invasive weeds in the Eagle Nest Wilderness in Dillon, CO 

John J. Hill Memorial Fund
Enabling high school students to work with the USFS in Summit County, CO


Northwest CO Council of Governments
Helping with Beetle Kill mitigation and recreation enhancement projects in CO

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
Restoring the Roaring Fork river in Basalt, CO

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Supporting youth trailbuilding projects including the Hornsilver Campground and Whitney Creek near Steamboat Springs, CO 

Student Conservation Association
Sponsoring SCA Wilderness/Trails and Fisheries Interns; Trail restoration at the Homestake Wilderness Campsite in Minturn, CO

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Dozens of restoration projects including  the White River Forest in Minturn, CO and French Creek in Breckenridge, CO 

Wilderness Volunteers
Trail maintenance on the Gore Range Trail in Silverthorne, CO; trail restoration on the Maroon-Snowmass Trail and the Four Pass Loop Trail Wilderness in Aspen, CO; and
restoration of Slate Creek in Summit County, CO


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