Most people that have visited Vail know that our little slice of heaven was greatly influenced and by the impact of the 10th Mountain Division and it’s soldiers. Many of the soldiers who fought in World War II had a common love for the outdoors, which translated to skiing. And for some that passion led to the development of America’s ski industry, especially here in Vail. To find out more about the 10th Mountain Division check out the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame
Vail recognizes an opportunity to support our Wounded Warriors through outdoor Mountain experience. The Vail Veterans Program seeks to
“EMPOWER MILITARY INJURED AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH INNOVATIVE AND TRANSFORMATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT BUILD CONFIDENCE AND IMPROVE LIVES.”
In 2017 from March 5th to March 10th Wounded Warriors and their families are offered four days of winter adaptive ski/snowboard instruction along with family meals, and much more. For more information check out http://www.vailveteransprogram.org/
We are well on our way into the New Year and about a week into our New Year’s Resolutions. This time of year can be stressful for some when trying to stick to a weight loss plan while staying on a tight budget. I decided to take a different route for my resolution this year and resolve to improve my impact on the environment, however small it may be, I know my effort counts.
By focusing on what I can do for the environment, and more specifically being more conscious about the amount of trash I produce from single use items such as Starbucks cups, to go containers and other plastic packaging, the feeling of improvement is immediate and gratifying.
If we all try to do just one thing to improve our impact on the environment it will make a difference. As a member of the Eco Care Committee for East West Destination Hospitality we seek to invoke that mentality in not only our fellow employees but also our guests and homeowners. Here are some of my fellow committee members resolutions to help inspire you to make a difference.
Reduce personal Carbon Footprint by driving personal vehicles less and using alternative forms of transportation
Replace drafty sliding door to reduce electric consumption
Turn off the water while brushing teeth to reduce water use
Teaching kids to close the door behind them when the go outside to play to reduce energy waste
Reducing water consumption in 2017, as water conservation is always paramount in our dry state
Education. Continuing to educate not only staff but guests as well on the importance of recycling even in small amounts. Also spreading the importance of recycling to our youth. Check out Walking Mountains Science Center page for programs to save energy and money Energy Smart Colorado
Always remembering to bring reusable bags when shopping
Unplug gadgets from the wall when they are not being used
Eat less meat, due to the negative impact that meat production has on the environment check out this article for more info and also support local sustainable meat companies such as Colorado Meat Company
Educating family members regarding reusing and learning what should be recycled
If you want to learn more about how you can make a difference in the environmental world, and even save money doing it, check out Walking Mountains Science Center
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
I don’t know if it is the natural beauty of the mountains that draws me or the people with like minded motivations to preserve them. East West Destination Hospitality empowers and encourages it’s employees to relish in our individual impact. Our company recognizes the impact we have on our community and environment and strives to inspire through environmental leadership and empowered employees. Paid volunteer time, and a plethora of tools are provided to employees to create involvement and individual awareness.
One of these tools is the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). The program provides an array of benefits, incentives, and recognition for its members that go above and beyond state and federal regulations through environmentally conscious development and dedication to sustainability. Within the program are 3 tiers of recognition bronze, silver, and gold. East West Destination Hospitality as a whole is receiving the gold designation. Seven East West Destination Hospitality properties are being recognized at the upcoming ELP awards-
As everyone in the valley knows that Vail Mountain opens tomorrow and everyone is excited! This morning we got a couple inches of fresh powder for everyone to enjoy! The mountain’s operation crew was proud to announce today that both Vail Village and Lionshead Village base areas will be opened thanks to the cold temperatures and the most recent snow fall.
This is what Vail had to say regarding the terrain for tomorrow:
The majority of skiing and riding will be available on Born Free with connecting routes from the top of Gondola One and the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Beginner terrain will be available at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola around Little Eagle Lift (#15). We are very close to opening much more terrain on natural snow, we just need a little more snow and, more importantly, cold temperatures for our snowmakers and groomers to fill in the few gaps and ditches to connect everything together safely. Ski Patrol is evaluating trails every day and once a run is safe and skiable, we will drop ropes immediately.
Here’s what Vail’s COO, Chris Jarnot, had to say about openings: “We are very close to being able to open up much more additional terrain on mostly natural snow, and just need a bit more snow and, most importantly, cold temperatures to allow our snowmakers and groomers to fill in a few ditches, holes and gaps to connect everything together safely. Ski Patrol will be evaluating trails every day, and we will open up as much additional terrain as we can, as soon as we can open it safely for all of our guests. Keep your fingers crossed for continued snow and for cold temperatures, and we’ll get there soon.”
Skiing and riding will be offered from Gondola One, Born Free Express Lift (#8), the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Little Eagle Lift (#15) beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, November 22nd. Until more terrain opens, all of Vail Mountain is considered a slow zone. Please me in control and considerate of others.