Mission and Vision
The VVMTA’s mission is to maintain, educate, advocate for, and build sustainable non-motorized soft surface trails while conserving the natural environment of Eagle County and our public lands.
The VVMTA is the leading advocate for soft surface trails in Eagle County, CO. The VVMTA’s vision is the creation of a sustainable multi-use soft surface trail network connecting communities and neighborhoods from Vail Pass to Basalt. We promote stewardship of our public lands, sustainable trail building practices and a balance between recreation and conservation. The VVMTA maintains that trails contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the community.
ExecutionThe VVMTA manages trail advocacy programs, coordinates and trains volunteers, educates outdoor recreational users, organizes events, and contributes its talents, guidance and time to support local land managers in various soft surface trail initiatives.
Your donation and support of the Eagle County Trail Fund supports our mission, vision, and allows us to execute programs, events, and operations including:
- Adopt A Trail
- Adopt A Trail Wildlife Ambassadors
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Improved sustainability and user experience of existing trails
- New trail construction
- Local and regional trail system planning and funding
- Trail crew leader and volunteer training
- Educational and community events
- Organizational management and operations
- Public lands access and advocacy
History of VVMTA
Coming from Michigan and Vermont Jamie Malin and Peter Geyer had been involved in trail building with their local IMBA chapters. They saw firsthand what a group of passionate trail enthusiasts could do to improve their local trail network. One evening Peter and Jamie were talking about how much better riding could be here in the Vail Valley. Unlike most they decided that talk was cheap and if they did not take action maybe no one would. They formed the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association in 2011 along with John McDade. Passion for building sustainable trail led them to meet others like Lee Rimel and Jeff Thompson and soon they were digging in the dirt.
In 8 short years the VVMTA has become a force in the Vail Valley rallying locals to work in their backyards on their favorite trail. By building a small army of experienced trail crew leaders VVMTA can handle volunteer days of up to 300 people. Planning and advocacy can be powerful tools when working with local land managers. The VVMBA re-branded to the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance (VVMTA) in April of 2019. This re-brand was to better align our organization with the efforts and advocacy that we have already been performing on trails in our community. Read about the full re-brand here.
The Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance (VVMTA) is the Eagle County, CO local chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
The VVMTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to VVMTA may be tax deductible. Consult with your tax advisor for details.
VVMTA’s tax identification number is 45-1539710.