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Vail Resorts
Vail ResortsJan 7, 2015
An "Experience of a Lifetime"

When planning a vacation with your family, there are several things you want to take into consideration. You want to have fun, spend time together and make the kind of memories you won’t forget. Vail Resorts has several mountain resorts that can give you all those things and more.

Vail Resorts have eleven resorts across the US. They specialize in beautiful mountain resorts, providing fresh air, skiing and a great time to families all over the country. Choose from Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, or Nevada and enjoy a vacation with your family that will create memories to last a lifetime.

At any of these resorts, you can take skiing or snowboarding lessons in between hot cocoa breaks. Beaver Creek in Colorado offers snowshoeing expeditions and skiing with a ranger. If you’re already a pro, some of them offer night skiing.

You can book a hotel room, a condo or a private home for your mountain vacation. There are varying distances from the heart of the resort, but all are convenient to the many fun activities that the resort provides. Wherever you decide to stay, you can be certain that Vail Resort employees will work together to prove their motto: “The Experience of a Lifetime.”

While they are a worthwhile vacation destination, Vail Resorts is much more than just a company that sells vacation packages. They are committed to the health of the environment and have a tremendous interest in making sure their resorts are run efficiently and with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

In 2008, Vail Resorts made a very lofty goal. Their aim was to reduce their energy use by 10 percent, which, considering the size and number of resorts, could be a huge benefit to the environment. In 2012, they not only met their goal, they surpassed it, reducing their energy by 10.75 percent.

While that goal was reaching high, Vail Resorts is still not satisfied. To show their ever growing commitment to energy conservation, they have set a new goal of another 10 percent reduction by 2020. The 10 percent reduction is equivalent to 22,801 metric tons of CO2 emissions or the average energy usage of 1400 American homes.

Vail Resorts has a program called VR Echo, which is a program that concentrates on protecting the environment, serving the community and reducing energy use. Their Forest Health program has given almost $3 million to forest health projects in California, Colorado and Wyoming.  That’s in addition to the thousands of employee hours spent working behind the scenes.

Vail Resort employees who have worked over 750 hours at the company can apply to become an Epic volunteer, and are given 40 hours of paid time off for them to participate in volunteer activities. Over the course of a year, 9600 hours of time was given by Vail Resort employees. Vail Resort employees are dedicated to portraying these values: Serve others, do right, do good, be safe and have fun.

Not only is Vail Resorts dedicated to the environment, they are also dedicated to helping the local community or kids in need. They helped 2500 children who’d never been on a chairlift learn about skiing, giving them to opportunity to pursue it. They aren’t afraid of helping nonprofit organizations, either, granting up to $6.5 million to more than 224 nonprofit groups annually.

The Beaver Creek Resort alone has kept over 30 tons of waste out of landfills by transporting food waste to local farms to be used as feed for animals. The Heavenly Mountain Resort transports over 300,000 guests by bus, using Blue Go Buses, which use compressed natural gas, protecting the precarious Lake Tahoe environment. The Northstar California Resort is also most impressive, having won California’s WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) award fifteen years in a row.

Whatever reason you have for getting away from it all, be it wedding, family vacation with the kids, girls getaway or even a family reunion, Vail Resorts can give you whatever you need to make your experience memorable. Not only are you certain to have a great time, you can rest assured that you’re supporting a company that has proven their dedication to protecting the environment and supporting the local community.


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