Why we want to 'Protect our playground'
We love the outdoors. Protect Our Playground puts a focus on what we can do as individuals and as a larger group to keep our Rocky Mountain lands healthy, alive and growing. There’s so much room for activities right here in our own backyard — and we want to keep it that way.
In 2023, the Town of Vail continues to support the GoPro Mountain Games and our sustainability goals as we continue to find ways to make the event more sustainable to create a better future for everyone. Whether you are a visitor to Vail or local, we know there is a lot that goes into creating an environmentally sustainable event. We’re doing our best to make a difference. In 2023, we built upon previous efforts and launched new initiatives to save water, divert waste and take part in other beneficial programs with event partners, athletes and spectators.
We can’t do it alone and invite everyone to join us on our journey toward a more sustainable GoPro Mountain Games. Read on to see what you can do!
Restore the Gore: New for 2023, we partnered with the Town of Vail and the Restore the Gore project to bring focus to the Gore Creek, a vital component in the GoPro Mountain Games and the Vail Valley. GoPro Mountain Games volunteers, staff and athletes will be teaming up with Restore the Gore, the Town of Vail and Eagle River Watershed Council to support efforts in promoting and maintaining a healthy ecosystem vital to the survival of one of our most valuable natural resources, water.
The waters of Gore Creek may look clean and clear, but Gore Creek is suffering the impacts of development, landscaping and recreation. As you enjoy the events and the excitement of the 2023 GoPro Mountain Games, don’t forget to Protect where you Play. From the snow on the mountains to the surging runoff in the streams, all our favorite activities depend on clean and abundant water. You can help protect this resource by:
- Staying on the trail – Don’t trample riparian vegetation when you access Gore Creek.
- Picking up after your pet – That means the bag goes in the trash, not on the trailside.
- Using a reusable water bottle – The drinking water from Vail taps is some of the best in the world. Ditch the single-use plastic.
- Giving back – Consider volunteering to Restore the Gore on June 24, 2023.
Day of Service: Join the GoPro Mountain Games team on Saturday, June 24, as we get down and dirty and plant native trees, shrubbery and plant life that plays a crucial role for regrowth along the Gore Creek.