Three Ways to Keep Colorado Beautiful

Posted by: admin November 30th, 2018

Sustainable Skier Series by Tom Koehler

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When you come to visit us this winter you will not only be visiting Frisco Lodge and one or more of our ski areas, you will be visiting your public land. While mainly a western phenomenon as most public land is in the western part of the US, it is important to know that it is for all of us to enjoy. 

The ski areas here in Summit County actually operate on public land and pay a special permit fee to the US Forest Service (USFS) in order to operate for profit and hopefully for your enjoyment. While there are understandably restrictions on the land they operate on, the areas beyond the ski areas are mostly yours. 80% of this county is public land and is managed by the USFS which means you are free to hunt, fish, hike, camp, bike all to your hearts content within reasonable guidelines. 

Many of our guests utilize our magnificent trail system in summer and in winter. These trails are a particularly nice treat in the winter as the crowds hit the slopes you can enjoy a quiet winter wonderland experience not far from town.

Although it is “yours and our” land, there are a few things to keep in mind so it remains in good shape for generations and for your next stay with us.

1. Stay on the trail even in winter as there are sensitive restoration areas particularly around water that if trampled on can cause damage to habitat and erosion into our streams.

2. Pack out all food and garbage.

3. Don't feed the animals. 1000 lb moose are abundant and will harm you if you get close enough. Even apple cores that seem to be eco-friendly are not a natural food for our magnificent wildlife.

I look forward to regularly providing fun facts and insight on our areas unique position and how we can all participate in the health of our public land and beautiful forests.

Brand New Add-on Available this Winter for our Guests 

Limited availability, call for details.

What you get for an additional $20:

- Guided hike with Tom Koehler

- Provided snack

- Eco-friendly tips on how to be a "trail hero"

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