As employees of Vail Resorts, we are uniquely linked by a shared passion for the mountains and the outdoors, which makes it incredibly difficult to watch the unfolding devastation that is occurring in Australia due to the spread of bushfires across the country.

The destruction of the bushland, natural habitats, wildlife, homes and properties is unprecedented and affecting so many of our colleagues. The Alpine Areas in Victoria have been declared a disaster zone and our employees from Mount Hotham and Falls Creek evacuated. Our Perisher colleagues in New South Wales have also been evacuated with the corporate functions setting up temporary offices in nearby Jindabyne as they continue to monitor the progress of the fires. Our employees in Australia are assisting emergency services, protecting their homes and moving to safer places.

Our Epic Promise Foundation team is working hard to understand what support is required and how to best coordinate assistance. For our colleagues in Australia who need urgent help, please apply for a Natural Disaster Relief Grant.

People have been reaching out asking for ways to help. If you wish to make a donation to the Epic Promise Foundation, which is providing support to our coworkers in Australia and other employees in times of crisis, you can donate here. Donations can also be made to the following organizations on the ground:

What makes our company unique, and gives us strength, is that we are a connected, supportive network. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are committed to doing all we can to assist as this continues to unfold.