(Vail, Colo)-The Vail Recreation District (VRD) was named to Outside Magazine's fifth annual "Best Places to Work" list. The VRD was ranked No. 64 out of 100 selected companies. The full list of 100 is available at outsideonline.com.
The VRD, which operates programs and activities at the Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Tennis Center, Vail Nature Center, Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail's Imagination Station and Community Room and on local athletic fields in and surrounding Vail, works year-round to provide Vail's residents and guests with opportunities to learn and pursue their passions. According to Mike Ortiz, VRD Executive Director, it's an honor to be named one of the best places to work in the nation along side so many notable companies like Patagonia, New Belgium Brewery, Deckers, Pearl Izumi, KEEN and many others. "We're a small, unique district so we're elated to be recognized by Outside," said Ortiz.

"We constantly look for ways to offer great programs for Vail's visitors and residents, while offering our employees a safe, fun atmosphere to work in. We want our employees to work hard and play just as hard and enjoy why we all live and work in such a beautiful place."
Outside's "Best Places to Work" project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the U.S. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs. The experts at the  Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.
In past years, Outside has highlighted 50 outstanding companies. This year, Best Companies Group determined that there were so many top-quality applicants that the list needed to be expanded. Outside editors agreed, and doubled the size of the list.
"We're thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies," says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. "They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they're providing-free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office-result in a more productive and engaged staff."
The Vail Recreation District's (VRD) mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, and numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, figure skating and rugby; venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Community Programming Room, Vail's Imagination Station, and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest; sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families; and opportunities to learn about and appreciate Vail's Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps
Outside is America¹s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer's Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us online and on Facebook.
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage "Best Places to Work," "Best Companies," and "Best Employers" programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA's career center: www.outdoorindustry.org.


For more information on VRD programs and activities, visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279.

For more information on Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work, contact Jada Williams with Giant Noise for Outside magazine, via e-mail at Jada@giantnoise.com or 646-649-4933.

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