Ski with a ranger tour is an opportunity for the United States Forest Service, Friends of Dillon Ranger District, and Keystone Ski Resort to partner and provide guided interpretive tours for the purpose of highlighting the resources of the National Forest and the resort’s environmental commitments.
Volunteer Rangers guide a 45-minute ski or snowboard tour down an intermediate trail on Dercum Mountain at Keystone Ski Resort. Participants meet at the Keytop Overlook Deck, at the top of Dercum Mountain at 11:00 am on Fridays from December 23, 2011 through March 30, 2012. The Ski With a Ranger tour is free to participants, but a lift ticket and at least intermediate skiing ability are required. Each tour follows the naturalist guide through several planned stops on the mountain to learn about topics of interest.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
• Local Wildlife
• Lifecycle of the Mountain Pine Beetle
• Tree Types and Identification
• Avalanche Awareness
• Local History
• Resort Environmental Programs
Keystone’s Mountain and Valley Naturalist Tours give guests the opportunity to take a self-guided tour on the mountain or in the valley to learn about the history of Keystone and the surrounding area. In winter, the Mountain Naturalist Tour starts at the summit of Dercum Mountain and goes down Schoolmarm with stops covering history, views, avalanches, forest management, tree identification, and more.
Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves as a vital resource for golf courses. Keystone Resort is home to two of only 29 courses in Colorado and 776 courses in the world with this distiction.
The River Course at Keystone certified since 2002
The Keystone Ranch Golf Course certified since 2009
2005 Regional Forester's Caring for the Land Stewardship Award
Nominated by the Dillon Ranger District in the White River National Forest, this award recognizes sustained support for Forest Service Programs, leadership in environmental sensitivity, and willingness to try new approaches to resource stewardship. This award is part of the Regional Forester Honor Awards, presented each year for outstanding achievement by Forest Service employees and their partners. The Rocky Mountain Region reserves this award as its highest honor.
Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling
Keystone Resort was the proud recipient of the 2007, 2004 and 2002 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling from the National Ski Areas Association. The award recognizes Keystone’s leadership in resort recycling, and a continued commitment to improving our recycling program.
Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Stakeholder Relations
Keystone Resort (as part of Vail Resorts) was the proud recipient of the 2010 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Stakeholder Relations from the National Ski Areas Association due to our commitment to the Hayman Restoration Project. This is considered one of the largest public/private restoration projects ever. The award recognizes Vail Resorts' leadership in programs that work with stakeholders for the benefit of our surrounding communities. Please visit the National Forest section to learn about Vail Resorts' partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
2003 ELGA Merit Award
Don Petrey, Superintendent of Keystone Golf, received a Merit Award as part of the 2003 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) / Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA).
Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award, 2008
National Ski Areas Association Silver Eagle Award for water conservation, 2008
2005 Regional Forester's Caring for the Land Stewardship Award from the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region
2007, 2004 and 2002 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling from the National Ski Areas Association
2003 and 2002 Environmental Leaders in Golf Merit Award from the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America and Golf Digest