December 6 is Colorado Gives Day. Since 2010, it has grown to be the state’s largest 24-hour giving event, raising more than $362 million for nonprofits across Colorado. During this season of giving, we invite our community to participate in Colorado Gives Day by learning more about--and supporting--some of the nonprofits that we support.
We believe Arapahoe Basin succeeds when our community succeeds. We support local, statewide, national, and world communities through partnerships, active volunteer participation, and financial and in-kind donations, including our support of organizations serving underrepresented communities.
Our home of Summit County, in particular, is a significant focus for us. We put a heavy emphasis on local programs and organizations that provide services to residents, engage a diverse community in mountain recreation, and protect our natural environment.
Read on below the list to learn a bit more about each Colorado-based organization that A-Basin supports. If you are able to make a donation and/or choose to get involved as a volunteer, we sincerely appreciate it. You don't have to just give on December 6!
"Save Our Snow" is an annual demo day at A-Basin that raises funds for High Country Conservation Center.
- Building Hope
- Colorado Open Lands
- Eagle-Summit Wilderness Alliance
- FDRD: Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
- FIRC: Family Intercultural Resource Center
- HC3: High Country Conservation Center
- SCoMBA: Summit County Mountain Bike Alliance
- SCRG: Summit County Rescue Group
- Summit Foundation
- CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
- Colorado Blackpackers
- C-RAD: Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment
The Steep Gullies Gauntlet, held at A-Basin in 2022, was a fundraiser for the Summit County Rescue Group.
Building Hope promotes emotional and mental health, reduces stigma, helps with suicide prevention, and improves access to care and support in Summit County. A-Basin partners with Building Hope to provide access to free and reduced-cost services to its entire staff, as well as ongoing training on how to access those resources, recognize when someone needs help, and be as supportive as possible to one another.
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Its mission is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state’s economy. The Friends of the CAIC (a 501c3 group) formed in 2007 to promote avalanche safety in Colorado and support the recreation program of the CAIC.
Blackpackers is on a mission to create economic equity and representation in outdoor spaces. Its mission is to provide gear, outdoor excursions and outdoor education for free or at subsidized cost; and to connect participants with volunteer opportunities, internships, jobs, and post-secondary education resources to create a pipeline from outdoor recreation to outdoor industry careers. A-Basin is an official partner of Blackpackers and is honored to support its efforts.
COLORADO RAPID AVALANCHE DEPLOYMENT
Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment combines the skill, expertise, and stamina of search and rescue and avalanche deployment teams to expedite the rescue of an avalanche victim. C-RAD is a validating organization that provides training opportunities and a deployment resource for counties throughout the state of Colorado to utilize during all stages of avalanche search and rescue.
The annual Beacon Bowl at A-Basin is a friendly competition and fundraiser for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
COLORADO OPEN LANDS
Colorado Open Lands is a nonprofit land trust that exists to protect Colorado’s land and water resources. Its mission is to preserve the significant open lands and natural heritage of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniques, and strategic leadership.
EAGLE-SUMMIT WILDERNESS ALLIANCE
The mission of ESWA is to assist two US Forest Service Ranger Districts in maintaining three federally-designated Wilderness Areas, which comprise about a quarter-million acres in Eagle County and Summit County. An all-volunteer non-profit organization, ESWA strives to achieve its mission with boots-on-the-ground field programs focused on stewardship of the land and education of Wilderness visitors, as well as outreach to local organizations and advocacy for selected environmental campaigns.
FRIENDS OF THE DILLON RANGER DISTRICT
With more than 60 volunteer projects on our National Forest each year, FDRD volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating visitors, and much more. FDRD is one of the most active, locally-based outdoor stewardship organizations in the country.
FAMILY & INTERCULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER
FIRC works to strengthen local families through education and financial resources and believes strong sustainable families are the key to a strong and healthy community. FIRC provides everything from a food bank and thrift store to housing assistance, parental resources, peer support for women, and mental health navigation.
Colorado Blackpackers ski and ride day at A-Basin, 2021. A-Basin provided discount lessons, tickets, and equipment.