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Education and community involvement

Telluride believes that education, understanding and awareness is a pertinent part of a successful sustainability strategy, and plans to continue to offer “educational recreation” opportunities to visitors of the Telluride region throughout the year. Telluride Ski Resort's environmental education programs fill a void that previously existed in Telluride, and the community continues to show its appreciation of our efforts through positive recognition in the media and continued support for our educational programs. 

  • Creation of St. Sophia Nature Center that operates during the summer months to provide regional recreational and environmental information to guests including lynx reintroduction program and fen studies.
  • Outdoor education programs very popular with Telluride’s summer children’s camps and schools. Over 15,000 visitors enjoy the center each summer.  
  • Development of Topaten interpretive snowshoe tour program in winter.  Tours take place in Prospect Basin to highlight environmentally-sensitive expansion.  
  • Environmental staff provides various educational field trips and nature events to local school children and environmental groups.
  • Creation of “Meet the Natives” wildlife education program and presentations.  
  • Complete certification in Audubon International golf course program.
  • Participation in San Juan Fens Partnership.
  • Participation in Colorado Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program.  
  • Employee Sustainability Orientations
  • Member San Miguel County Recycling Task Force
  • Sustainability message on Trail Maps
  • Continued improvements to TopAten Touring Area to provide Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at the resort.  
  • Adoption of National Ski Areas Association’s Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter for ski areas.  
  • Host Sustainable Slopes Environmental Outreach day each winter.  
  • Improved “B+ grade” on Ski Areas Citizen’s Coalition environmental scorecard.
  • Regular contributions to San Miguel Watershed Coalition seasonal newsletter.  
  • Environmental information posted on web-site (continues to be shrunk).  
  • Collaboration with USFS to provide year-round interpretive signage on ski area.  
  • Support of Telluride Avalanche School and its programs to promote backcountry skiing awareness and preparedness to schoolchildren.  
  • Environmental mission statement incorporated into handbook to inform employees of our conservation mission and encourage participation in conservation programs.  
  • Regular dialog and working relationship with regional environmental groups including Sheep Mountain
  • Alliance and San Miguel Watershed Coalition.  
  • Seat on New Community Coalition, a tri-governmental sustainability group.
  • Cooperation with Ski Area Citizens Coalition earned a grade of B.  

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