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NSAA Names Telluride Ski Resort's John Young as Safety Champion

NSAA Names Telluride Ski Resort’s
John Young As Safety

Telski also finalists in two safety award categories

Telluride, Colorado (May 3, 2019) - Telluride Ski Resort now has a Safety Champion, and his name is John Young.

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced the 2018-2019 winners for its annual Safety, Growth, Marketing and Sustainability awards. These awards identify and celebrate the ski areas and industry leaders that have made the biggest impact in their respective categories.

Young, Telski’s Lift Operations Manager, won the Safety Champion award, and the resort was a finalist for Best Employee Safety Program and Best Overall Safety Program. Young has since been promoted to Risk Manager at the time of his nomination.

“The safety champion is someone who is dedicated to creating and fostering a culture of safety at the ski area, and inspires their colleagues to do the same,” said Adrienne Saia Isaac, NSAA’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “We were very impressed with John’s passion and leadership in safety and risk management, and the success of his mission to reach out to and involve the local community.”

Young was nominated for his work on the resort’s employee safety programs, revamping the overall safety culture and protocols, and helping to educate guests on chairlift safety. He was also integral to providing safety training to all of Telski’s departments, whether through safety dinners or other initiatives.

Young, who has been a part of the Telski team for 10 years, came to Telluride after graduating from the University of Vermont. He is active in a number of volunteer opportunities in Telluride as well, such as his role on the Ecology Commission and as a mentor for the town’s One-to-One mentoring program.

“I appreciate both the nomination for this award, and working for a company that is earnest and vigorous in providing a safe experience for guests and employees,” Young said. 

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“Safety at a ski resort is imperative to ensuring fun and a peace of mind for all skiers, and I couldn’t be more proud of our recognition at NSAA,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski Resort. “I congratulate John (Young) on his Safety Champion award, as he is an important part of our mountain operations team who work diligently to maintain safety at Telluride.”

The awards were presented at the NSAA’s National Convention and Tradeshow in San Diego, Calif., at a ceremony on May 1, 2019.


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The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) is a trade association representing the interests of 317 ski areas, their operators and industry suppliers. Formed in 1962, NSAA designs and supports ski industry initiatives and programs, including growth, safety and sustainability from its Lakewood, Colo. headquarters. Learn more about NSAA’s mission and programs at

Telluride Ski & Golf, rated the #1 ski resort in North America by Condé Nast Traveler for six of the last seven years, offers spectacular skiing, riding, golf and recreation opportunities. Located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, Telluride is tucked among the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America. The ski resort offers unmatched scenic beauty and incredible terrain for all abilities and consists of 127 trails over 2,000 acres. For more information, visit