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.