Wasatch back trails are getting a larger-than-usual cash infusion this year from Vail Resorts Epic Promise grant funds.
Vail’s charitable giving arm announced it’s committed to spending about $200,000 to expand and improve trails where its employees live.
Lora Smith is the executive director of Park City’s Mountain Trails Foundation. She says since 2016, Vail Resorts has donated $1 through its Epic Promise foundation for every online Park City Mountain transaction.
The foundation has used the money for operating budgets and trail maintenance.
She says donations have increased over the last couple of years. As a result, Smith’s organization is now sharing the windfall, which should come by September, with other non-profits.
“And so we started out at you know, tens of thousands. And now we’re up into hundreds of thousands,” Smith said. “So the money has increased significantly. And so we feel like it’s just the right thing to do to spread that into the outlying areas, where the people who work in the resorts often live.”