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Our Social Purpose

Educating the Community on Backcountry Safety

Enriching Lives

In partnership with PI Avalanche Fund - Telluride Mountain Club, Element 52 Residences has furthered their mission to keep outdoor enthusiasts safe by providing avalanche education and backcountry user awareness.


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Avalanche Awareness

Element 52 + PI Fund Scholarships

Since 2020, Element 52 has donated thousands of dollars directly to the nonprofit and also awards local community members scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 to complete AIARE avalanche safety courses. The three-day curriculum instructs backcountry travelers how to identify avalanche terrain as well as rescue techniques. Avalanche education helps keep the community out of harm’s way and decreases demand for search and rescue teams on the mountain. Throughout the year, Element 52 hosts entertaining cocktail events with live music to raise money for PI Fund scholarships, which guests are welcome to attend. To attend a fundraising event or make a donation, please visit the link below.

About Element 52 + PI Fund

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We strive to create exceptional experiences that enrich the lives of our guests, our team members and the community at large. Element 52 believes in supporting members of the Telluride community to gain access to the backcountry of the San Juan mountains. By providing these scholarships, we aim to prevent an avalanche death or injury. Additionally, by educating new backcountry travelers we hope to decrease demand for the Telluride Search and Rescue Teams. When dispatched, the teams not only risk the environmental factors, it also puts the teams in close contact with each other and any injured parties elevating the Covid risk. We support a vibrant local culture here in Telluride, as we know it is more than the mountains, that makes Telluride unique. It's the adventurous individuals who choose to make it their home.

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PI Fund, Telluride Mountain Club

We are continuing with our PI Fund and Telluride Mountain Club scholarships, enriching lives through education and supporting the local community. AIARE Level 1 course provides backcountry education to support safe travel in avalanche terrain. By providing these scholarships, we aim prevent an avalanche death or injury. Additionally, by educating new backcountry travelers we hope to decrease demand for the Telluride Search and Rescue Teams. When dispatched, the teams not only risk environmental factors; they are also put in close contact with each other and any injured parties, elevating the Covid risk. Our first scholarships were awarded in December 2020, with more awarded in early 2022.