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SkiCo's Environment Foundation gives grants for energy, education

Dec 27, 2017

A campsite at Conundrum Hot Springs highlights the area's reputation as a party destination. The U.S. Forest Service received a grant from SkiCo's Environment Foundation to help with a new permitting system meant to limit overuse at Conundrum Hot Springs.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation announced yesterday that, in its 20th year, it’s giving out more than $90,000 in grants.

The funds support environmental initiatives in the Roaring Fork Valley and across the state. The biggest beneficiary is Conservation Colorado’s renewable energy initiatives at $15,000.

Local organizations receiving funds include Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

The U.S. Forest Service will get $11,500 to put toward a new permit system at Conundrum Hot Springs, and, after a particularly deadly year for climbers on Capitol Peak, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative will receive $5,000 for mountain safety education videos.

The Environment Foundation is funded largely by employee contributions.