National Ski Areas Association honors Winter Park Resort with Silver Eagle Award |

National Ski Areas Association honors Winter Park Resort with Silver Eagle Award

The National Ski Areas Association honored Winter Park Resort with the Silver Eagle Award during its annual convention in Marco Island, Fla., on May 13.The Silver Eagle Award, sponsored by Clif Bar & Co., was awarded to the resort for its commitment to the environment in the category of Excellence in Visual Impact. Planning Director Doug Laraby and his team of Winter Park employees along with partners at the U.S. Forest Service were recognized for their leadership in addressing the pine beetle epidemic that has affected over a thousand acres of lodgepole pine trees at the resort.The National Ski Areas Association applauded Winter Park for its holistic, hands-on approach to this monumental problem from both a forest health and visual impact perspective. By developing preventative steps for the future through the introduction of mixed tree stands and addressing problems of fire risk and skier safety, other neighboring resorts will benefit from Winter Park’s leadership and hard work as the pine beetle epidemic spreads from forest to forest.We are proud of our commitment to the environment and our work to promote a healthy forest, said Winter Park Resort President and COO, Gary DeFrange. With the help of the U.S. Forest Service, our work in the Cooper Creek and Vasquez Ridge area of the resort will improve the forests health through regeneration.It is an honor to have employees that are such leaders in the industry and we are thrilled for them be recognized by the National Ski Areas Association for their efforts. For additional information about the National Ski Areas Association Silver Eagle Award visit For questions regarding Winter Park Resort contact Jenn deBerge at (970) 726-1573 or e-mail