EpicPromise Week is Vail Resorts’ company-wide, annual volunteer week. Each year, more than 2,500 employees, friends and family members band together to complete volunteer projects in each of our resort communities. Mark September 10-15, 2018 in your calendar and stay tuned on how to sign up for a project near you.
A huge THANK YOU to the 2,070 Vail Resorts employees who participated in EpicPromise Week 2017, resulting in 8,280 hours of volunteer service across 25 different projects. You built trails, restored public lands and streams, fed local families and improved local schools. Check out project stats and pics below!
2017 Project Stats
Northstar - Sagehen Creek Field Station
- 176 volunteers at two projects
- Volunteers pressure washed, prepped and stained (including trim!) seven buildings; rehabilitated a half mile of trail; covered a 2,000 square foot area with wood chips; built 10 Leopold benches; and moved several hundred piles of wood to be used in on-site wood burning stoves.
- 148 volunteers at two projects
- Volunteers helped establish one mile of the Mule Deer Connecter Trail below Angora Ridge. Also, at Sierra House Elementary School and South Tahoe Middle School, volunteers moved and installed 45 tons of large cobble stones to improve drainage; repainted a front entrance sign; built a new Pioneer Trail zigzag fence; painted stencils on multiple blacktops; spread 40 yards of wood chips; and improved a half mile of nature trail.
Kirkwood- California Trout
- 112 volunteers
- Volunteers completed stream bank stabilization and re-vegetation efforts at six different sites. Each site was roughly 100-150 feet long. Also conducted trail maintenance and removed three truckloads of old barbed wire fencing from the Kirkwood Meadow.
Wilmot- Kenosha County Parks District
- 92 volunteers
- Volunteers made improvements to Fox River Park’s Overnight Lodge including electrical work and painting; planted flower beds; repaired and painted a playground and 12 picnic tables; removed invasive species; and spread new gravel around shelters.
- 370 volunteers at three projects
- Volunteers completed 2,500 feet of trail construction/maintenance; pruned 1.5 miles of corridor; built a rock wall; and removed 450 feet of chain link fence to improve wildlife habitat.
Eagle County, CO- US Forest Service & Eagle River Watershed Council
- 290 volunteers at three projects
- Volunteers planted 200 native plants and 5,000 willow stakes to improve local streams. Also removed 5,000 lbs of old lumber from Mt. Holy Cross Trail near Shrine Pass and carried 12,000 lbs of new lumber to reinstall in its place. Lastly, painted a coat of paint on Julia’s Deck.
- 288 volunteers at three projects
- Volunteers built a 1,000 foot, wood-rail snow fence and established a trail junction on the Frisco Peninsula. Also constructed 900 feet of new trail in the Summit Cove area, connecting to the existing Ore Grande Trail. Lastly, improved the Burro Trail in Breckenridge by building 200 feet of new trail and installing vital trail drainage.
- 165 volunteers at two projects
- At Bonanza Flats, volunteers removed 60 old tires and 33 fire pits from a gully and collected water from seven different locations for water quality testing. Volunteers also realigned ¾ miles of trail at Round Valley.
Mt. Brighton, MI- Gleaner's Community Food Bank
- 92 volunteers at two projects
- Volunteers harvested 600 pounds of produce; rebuilt the Victory Garden’s compost bin that was previously unusable; restored and painted three picnic tables as well as a produce stand; and washed and detailed three Gleaners trucks for an upcoming inspection.
Afton Alps, MN- Carpenter Nature Center
- 126 volunteers
- Volunteers constructed a 10x30’ storage building; mulched five rows of apple trees; removed invasive species from 50 acres of land; and collected native seeds for planting next spring.
Jackson, WY- Grand Teton National Park & Foundation
- 76 volunteers at three projects
- Volunteers whitewashed two historic log cabins and cleaned roofing debris around several additional cabins; brushed a quarter mile of trails; closed off 12 social trails and installed 12 restoration signs; and built five sections of buck and rail fencing.
- 81 volunteers
- Volunteers built 100 linear feet of bridging throughout Cady Hill Forest; rerouted a quarter mile of trail; and removed 2,000 invasive barberry plants over four acres of land.
Whistler Blackcomb- Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) & the Whistler BMX Club
- 54 volunteers
- Volunteers built 12 new garden beds and 26 bird houses in AWARE’s Community Garden and removed rocks throughout the crash zones across the entire BMX Pump Track. Volunteers will also conduct a local fire/fuel reduction initiative in the coming weeks