Powder Days

  Written Ariella, Winter Intern It’s was a snowy Christmas in Aspen this year. Between December 20 and December 26 the Four Mountains were graced with over two feet of fresh snow. Fresh snow means one thing: powder skiing! Powder skiing feels different—and often more difficult—than skiing or riding on groomed snow. It requires better speed

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Challenges and Fulfillment Each Day

Written by Colby, Winter Intern In the midst of the holiday rush, even three weeks of pre-season training provided little preparation for the unique assistance required by each participant. While a broad range of strategies and procedures were introduced in preparation for what we might encounter, a creative and adaptive mindset is necessary when dealing

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Chris Bove Memorial Up Hill 2016

Challenge Aspen Chris Bove Memorial Uphill – This uphill event honors the memory of Chris Bove, a former ski instructor and supporter of Challenge Aspen, who passed away on the eve of the event in 2007. The uphill raises money for a scholarship in Chris’ name so that local participants have the opportunity to ski for a

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Initiated into Adaptive Skiing

Written by Claire, Winter Intern I initially heard about Challenge Aspen through my sister. She called me up one day to say there was a job going in Snowmass that she thought I would be interested in. What did I have to lose? I had been living overseas for four years and was looking for the

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Interski Congress 2015 Wrap Up

Challenge Aspen was honored to have recently been invited to the Interski 2015 World Congress of Snowsports held in Ushuaia, Argentina. The Congress is held every 4 years on a different continent and was attended by over 850 delegates from approx. 32 countries ranging from Russia to S. Korea. The purpose of the Congress is

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A Week With the Gold Family

Written by Ariella, Apprentice Pro for Challenge Aspen For the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of working with the Gold family and their son Toby. The Gold’s were on vacation for two weeks, and wanted a fun-packed itinerary of activities that the whole family could enjoy together. The first activity on our

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Interski Congress 2015

Interski Congress 2015 is held every four years and Challenge Aspen is honored to have been asked to participate and partner with the host country Argentina to present adaptive teaching models and equipment to the world of snowsports. The Interski Congress is the most important technical/academic assembly for snowports in the world. For the first time

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Through the eyes of an intern: Magic of Music and Dance Camp

       This past week Challenge Aspen hosted the “Magic of Music and Dance Camp.” Let me assure you, it was indeed magical. The week was packed with many activities including white water rafting, swimming, and probably the best and only hoedown I’ve ever been to. In between all of these amazing activities we

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Through the eyes of an intern: CHAMP camp

CHAMP camp—a week-long program for participants with autism— was our most demanding camp yet, but also the most rewarding. Participants ranged in age from 4 to 31, but all came to camp with boundless excitement for the day’s activities. We started the week with horseback riding and bowling at El Jebowl. 4-year-old Giles had never

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